- 1.1 (de un traje) vest (inglés norteamericano/American English) waistcoat (inglés británico/British English) 1.2 (jersey sin mangas) sleeveless sweater 1.3 (acolchado) body warmer, sleeveless jacket 1.4 (Cono Sur/Southern Cone) (rebeca) cardigan a chaleco (México/Mexico) [familiar/colloquial], tienes que dar una mordida, eso es a chaleco you have to give a bribe, that's a must [familiar/colloquial] a chaleco quieren ganar, no les importa cómo they're determined to win by hook or by crook quedar como chaleco de mono (Chile) [familiar/colloquial] to make a fool of oneself
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.