The word "Amigo" (friend) is a word that we all know very well and is undoubtedly widely used in any language, but it is especially used frequently in Latin America, and in particular in Antigua Guatemala. If you have visited the city, you will have noticed that it is a term used in many ways. We explain a little about its different uses.

Let's first define what a friend is ... A friend is a person with whom you have a close relationship. A friendship is an emotional relationship between two or more people, built on the basis of reciprocity and constant contact. The fundamental values in a friendship are loyalty, love, solidarity, unconditionality, sincerity and commitment.

The word “Amigo” in Spanish language technically comes from the Latin “amīcus”, which in turn is derived from the Latin verb “amāre”, which means 'to love'.

the world AMIGO in Spanish

How the word "AMIGO" is used

1 : Friendly

As a friend you can designate to what is considered friendly, which means belonging to or related to a friendship: "Ha sido usted muy amigo en recibirme en su casa sin previo aviso (You have been a good friend to receive me at your home without prior notice)."

2 : Being fond to something

The word friend is also be used to mean that someone likes something very much, or feels a particular good disposition towards a particular thing or situation: “José es muy amigo del café (José is a good friend of coffee)”, “Yo no soy amigo de llevar trabajo a casa (I am not a friend of bringing work home) ”. In this category we can highlight the well-known saying "Amigo de lo Ajeno (friend of someone else's belongings)", which is nothing but a euphemism to refer to a thief or a thief.

3 : Communication or Addressing someone

The word “Amigo” can also be used as a form of education when communicating, to show the interlocutor affection or good disposition, even if there is not really a friendship or relationship of any kind: “Amigo, ¿podría indicarme dónde queda la catedral? (Hey buddy, could you tell me where the cathedral is?). This is a very common way of communicating in Antigua Guatemala and Latin America in general, especially between locals and foreigners.