Don’t play with stiff metal strings.
Because it’s what we’re used to seeing advanced guitar players using we may just automatically think that’s what we should do too.
But for a beginner, metal strings are hard on the fingers and playing can be painful. So painful in fact, it may be a reason to quit.
Start with nylon strings – the kind you find in all classical guitars. They may not sound the way you think a guitar should sound, but hang in there.
You can change later when you get past the beginner stage. In fact you’ll probably want a better guitar at that stage anyway, and you’ll be in a much better position to know what to get.