- 1 [Música/Music] 1.1 (ritmo) time, meter (especialmente inglés norteamericano/especially American English) marcar/llevar el compás to beat/keep time perder el compás to get out of time, to lose the beat o/or the time se movía al compás de la música she moved in time to o/or she moved to the beat of the music 1.2 (división) measure (inglés norteamericano/American English) bar (inglés británico/British English) compás de dos por cuatro two-four time se oyeron los primeros compases de un tango the opening bars of a tango could be heard
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.