Is there an adjective meaning attainable through aural practice? As in "This language skill is more easily attainable through aural practice." That is, the more you listen, the more that skill develops. Is there a single word you could put in the blank in "This is a/an ...... skill"

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    If you're referring to a situation where someone plays on the piano and you write the notes down, why not just use your own term, aural skills? – Lawrence Dec 31 '15 at 11:13

Consider auditory


perceived through or resulting from the sense of hearing



This skill involves auditory learning

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    That sounds a good one to me. What about "attainable through oral practice"? Do you know of a word?! – Englishfreak Dec 31 '15 at 10:47
  • I'd suppose "oral practice" would ideally mean "a lot of speaking". You can use "oratorical skills", but note that it is associated with public speaking and not just the act of speaking. – BiscuitBoy Dec 31 '15 at 11:01

You could consider using acoustic which means:

Relating to sound or the sense of hearing:

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

Your example:

This language skill is more easily attainable through acoustic training.

Actual usage:

Acoustic training could accelerate language skills early on in babies... This is one of their key jobs, as between 4 and 7 months of age they are setting up their pre-linguistic acoustic maps.


This might fit...

a skill learnable by an osmotic process.

osmosis /ɒzˈməʊsɪs; ɒs-/ noun

1.the passage of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated to a more concentrated solution until both solutions are of the same concentration

2.diffusion through any membrane or porous barrier, as in dialysis.

  1. gradual or unconscious assimilation or adoption, as of ideas
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    While the word may be appropriate for OP's context, more often than not, people would tend to associate osmosis with a chemical process, rather than hearing. – BiscuitBoy Dec 31 '15 at 9:52



  • of, pertaining to, or affecting the auditory nerves or the sense of hearing.

  • oriented to or relying heavily on the faculty of hearing.


  • Of or relating to the sense of hearing or the organs of hearing.
  • Perceived by or spoken into the ear: an auricular confession.

I may use listening skill:

  • listening is the conscious processing of the auditory stimuli that have been perceived through hearing.


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