Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 1 - John Conner

Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 1

By John Conner

  • Release Date: 2015-01-18
  • Genre: Spanish
Score: 4
From 124 Ratings


Breaking the Spanish Barrier is part of the acclaimed language series that engages students of all levels, giving them all the tools needed to find success on the path to fluency.  First published in 1997, this series is now used throughout the country in high schools, colleges, and middle schools as well as by homeschool families and adult learners.  

In this Level I book, ideal for beginning students, students are introduced to the present, preterite, and imperfect tenses.  They also learn formal commands and the progressive, and are introduced to sentence structure, differences between “ser” and “estar,” “por” and “para” and countless other “classics” of first-year study.  Hundreds of exercises reinforce the amazing explanations offered by one of the country’s leading language teachers.  As a special feature, all even chapters feature a rip-roaring adventure series, reminiscent of old-fashioned radio, recorded by native speakers with sound effects and music. Comprehension questions follow each episode.

Vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information are presented in this new Breaking the Barrier iPad version in a way that can only be called revolutionary.  Combining the brilliant instructional features of the iPad with the winning approach developed by acclaimed teacher John Conner, dean of faculty at Groton School and former member of the AP Test Development Committee, this groundbreaking iPad version of the series is just what any language learner needs to excel.


  • Great, but please update! (last updated in 2017)

    By Kerri Porter
    I just purchased this book last night after hearing good things about Breaking the Spanish Barrier. The book looks great, but it looks like it was last updated in 2017 and some of the information it contains is no longer accurate (political leaders have changed since). **Please update** Otherwise, the book looks fantastic and after reviewing I ended up purchasing all three.
  • Breaking the Spanish Barrier 1

    By Addicted to Scorpion II
    I’ve loved your digital books since I first discovered them three years ago. Now I love them more! The latest edition of the Spanish 1 book is phenomenal. The video introduction to each lesson by John Conner is a delightful way to begin each chapter and encourage students to work through it. The newest version of vocabulary flash cards couldn’t be better. I like how students can choose to see English, Spanish, a photo, and/or hear audio. All this and so much more for $14.99 - with free updates. I couldn’t be more impressed, and I can’t wait until my students see the new editions in the fall. Thank you, Breaking the Barrier, for a truly outstanding digital book!
  • Awesome for language learners

    By shamanokie
    Thorough coverage of fundamental topics with lots of helpful audio and visual aids. Great book for Spanish students!
  • The easiest path to fluency

    By C_MacKenzie_Ole!
    John Conner’s Breaking the Barrier series provides the perfect 1-2-3 path to fluency. 1. The grammar is organized in a coherent, logical manner that stays with the learner beyond the study period. 2. The vocabulary lessons keep leaners engaged. 3. The cultural articles, beautiful layout, and phenomenal accompanying pieces bring the 1-2 punch of grammar and vocabulary to life. BTB breaks down the fundamentals of learning a foreign language into easy to tackle steps. The trust path to fluency for learners of all environments and ages.
  • Excellent!

    By bebekitty49
    Makes learning Spanish easy.
  • Fantastic!

    By AgnesBella
    This is a fantastic resource. I highly recommend!
  • Great Tool

    By Spanish Learner OH
    Breaking the Spanish Barrier has really helped my Spanish. I hadn't studied it since I went to OSU, but this refreshed my memory and has helped me in the work place.
  • Wonderful

    By genius151
    Simply outstanding! Easy to use and makes learning fun!
  • Great book for beginners

    By NuWave!
    I expected to learn Spanish when I purchased this book and I’m pleased to say that I’m off to a great start! What I didn’t expect was the amazing images, beautiful layout, and outstanding audio features in the book.
  • Amazing

    By españa14
    Started as a total beginner that knew “Hola,” to someone that can speak after completing the series! Highlights: 1. Vocabulary: Each chapter has vocabulary flashcards that you can use to easily memorize the words related to the theme of the chapter. Know a word? click the green check mark. otherwise, you just toss it back in the pile and try again. 2. Grammar: Each chapter emphasizes a particular aspect of sentence structure. The start of the book begins with the present tense. Later chapters teach you the preterite (past tense) and the imperfect tense. 3. Cultural information: Each chapter focuses on a country from Latin America. There are beautiful pictures and information about prominent culture figures. A must purchase for $14.99!