Informed by the latest research in second language acquisition, this book responds to key issues for learning Spanish. Blake and Zyzik examine the linguistic challenges and pitfalls in learning Spanish by framing each chapter with a critical question and practical implications: What does it mean to know a language? Is the subject always the first noun in the sentence? Can technology help second language learners? Some chapters focus on difficult areas of Spanish grammar and others on proficiency, the nature of input, and the impact of the learning context. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and further research. Written entirely in Spanish, El español y la lingüística aplicada addresses the preservice needs of Spanish language professionals and anyone else wishing to develop linguistic expertise in Spanish.