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In English we say someone can learn by ear when speaking of music or language.

Is there a German equivalent?

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Deutsch nur vom Hören lernen. Aber weit kommt man damit nicht. – rogermue Jul 28 '15 at 5:00

The equivalent phrase for "by ear" is usually nach [dem] Gehör (the article is optional and does not change the meaning), which you can use with spielen (e.g., Er spielt Musik nach [dem] Gehör) or lernen (e.g., Ich lerne nach [dem] Gehör) and so forth.

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Bist Du sicher, dass es nicht "durch Zuhören" oder "vom Zuhören" bedeutet? Geht es nur um Aussprache (sofern es nicht um Musik geht)? – user unknown Jul 27 '15 at 23:29

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