Lectica - A new type of language learning app for the real world, 100% free. Developed by language experts at the National Foreign Language Center.

Don’t just learn a new language; master it! Completely free with no ads, Lectica is the first language learning app to offer in-depth material using real-life audio, visual, and reading passages from countries where the targeted language is spoken.

Developed by language experts at the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland, Lectica features language learning activities to build comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar that increase in difficulty as you progress, highlighted text-tracking to help you follow along, cultural, historical, and vocabulary notes, transcript and translation, and an extensive glossary.

Choose from seven languages
Arabic | Chinese | French | Korean | Persian | Russian | Spanish | + more!

Benefits of Lectica
No hidden costs or in-app purchases. Ever!
No wifi? No problem! Download lessons for offline study.
Goal tracking feature to measure your progress
Proficiency test at the end of each level
For all language levels! Whether you’re a heritage speaker or just starting out, Lectica has an option for you!

For 35 years, the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland has been helping people understand each other and the world around them. To learn more about our work, visit us at

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Rainville301 ,

Engaging and fun way to learn

This is the most fun I’ve ever had learning a language. The lessons and activities are engaging and challenging. I opened the app to check it out and do one lesson and two hours later I was still going. I couldn’t put it down. Great app for high school students looking to improve their proficiency and for adult learners who want to reconnect with a language they may have first studied years ago.

Norcal Language Prof ,

Perfect for Intermediate & Advanced; won’t help learn a new language from scratch

This app deserves tons of praise in terms of its technical design, content, and feedback. But it’s not for absolute beginners.
If you already know how to read and have elementary grammar skills in a chosen language, then this app will help you progress; otherwise, this app is not for you; at least, this is the case with Persian, Russian, and Spanish.

App Privacy

The developer, University of Maryland, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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