- 1.1 [noticia/persona] important; [acontecimiento/cambio] important, significant tengo algo importante que decirte I have something important to tell you ¿qué dice la carta? — nada importante what does the letter say? — nothing of any importance o/or nothing much lo importante es participar the important thing is to take part es importante que vayas it's important that you go dárselas de or hacerse el importante to give oneself airs 1.2 [pérdidas] serious, considerable; [cantidad] considerable, significant una importante suma de dinero a large o considerable o significant sum of money la tormenta causó importantes daños the storm caused severe o/or considerable damage un número importante de ciudadanos a significant o considerable o large number of citizens
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.