how stiff should the shifter be?

i just got a new manual, new to stickshift... just wondering how hard it should be to move the shifter...say from neutral to 1... like is it supposed to be really smooth? and how far down do u press the clutch when im going from 1st to second?

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    you should be able to shift a standard transmission with very little resistance it should move between gears smoothly, assuming you depress the clutch pedal far enough to the floor, if grinding occurs you have'nt pushed the pedal far enough down...

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