- 2 [familiar/colloquial] (amigo) buddy (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , mate (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] a lo compadre [familiar/colloquial], entró a lo compadre a la oficina he got a job in the office by pulling a few strings o by knowing the right people, he got a job in the office by having useful contacts o friends in the right places
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.