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Language for Real Life

A new type of language learning app for the real world

Brought to you by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland


Interact with foreign languages as they're used in daily life. Explore the culture and history of a country as you learn the words, sounds, and structures of its language.

Lectia Features


Go Further

Improve your reading comprehension and listening skills through Lectia’s authentic material created by and for native speakers

  • Local and national news reports
  • Expert interviews
  • Weather reports
  • Apartment listings
  • Product and service ads
  • Recipes, and more!

Stay motivated

Set a study goal and monitor your progress on the dashboard. You can also keep records of your completed lessons and share your progress with others.


No hidden costs

Lectia is completely free to use. There are no hidden costs or in-app purchases. It is even ad-free, so you can focus on your goal.


Learn anywhere, anytime

No wifi? No problem! Download lessons for offline study and take Lectia’s short lessons with you wherever you go.


Unique Features

Lectia includes a variety of support features to help you learn and retain your targeted language.

  • Multimedia Lessons to supplement in-class learning
  • Transcript and translation
  • Highlighted text-tracking to follow along with the audio
  • Content and background notes
  • Extensive glossary list
  • Challenging comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar activities that increase in difficulty as you progress

For learners at all levels

Lectia has lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners. At the end of each level, you’ll assess your progress with a proficiency test. Each lesson includes effective strategies for increasing comprehension, building vocabulary, and using language accurately.

Watch Lectia in action