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  1. I was still there to prevent things from getting worse to the best of my ability

I know what that’s like, in a different field. Sorry you had to go through that shit. It’s really easy for people to say what they would or wouldn’t have done.

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This is better creative process advice than most hundreds-of-pages-long books on the subject.

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Until it’s also programmed to experience fear and other more complex reactions to the stimulus (including simulated neural changes over repeat stimuli), no, it isn’t, because those things are part of “pain” in a biological organism. EDIT: Of course, programming a learned aversion would be ass-backwards for this particular use which is why it’s good in a sense that it ISN’T the same as biological pain.

Same goes for other complex biological experiences; you can program a robot to say “I love you too” when you tell it you love it, but that AI isn’t “experiencing love after a love-triggering stimulus”.

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For really rapid progress on recognition, a native speaker to do some drills with you and who can give you immediate feedback is invaluable. You can make really rapid progress just having them say short phrases that you listen to and then try to determine correctly. Same with production. Just, ah, find somebody with an accent compatible with wherever you’re going or want to sound like you’re from (tone are just the miniboss in your journey here, regional accents are the real last boss. Also a problem in English, see: Bostonian vs Texan vs LA Valleyspeak).

It also helps to try singing the tones, if you haven’t already.

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Second this. Singing is when Mandarin (and then Cantonese) really clicked for me. Westerners may not learn tonal languages early, but due to the music culture most of us are actually very well trained at hearing tones. It’s just using a different part of the brain than for non-tonal languages, imo.