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Difference between "bien" and "bueno/buena"


I find it hard to decide when to use "bien" and when to use "buena" or "bueno" Are there some general rules to follow?

updated Nov 12, 2014
posted by Mskate525

3 Answers


If you speak good English and don't confuse "well" with "good" My general advice to my students is use "bueno" and its variants for "good" and "bien" for "well"

I have to add this:

In popular speech we sometime use "está bien" for "It's OK or " It's good" In another comment I made on this subject, I said that I have heard some "jokers" say when commenting on a football game: "¡Estuvo bien! instead of the grammatically correct "fue bueno" Then I realized that I was one of the jokers.!!

Sometimes hit jest hain't naturel to use that highfalutin' lingo!



updated Nov 12, 2014
edited by Daniela2041
posted by Daniela2041
Good advice. So until I get good enough with Spanish to know all the different nuances, I'll go with your advice. That makes it easy(ish). - Winkfish, Nov 11, 2014

A very basic way to think about it is "bien" means "well" (and adverb) and bueno/a means "good" (an adjective).

So, in English, "how are you?" would be answered "I'm well (estoy bien)." The question "How was the movie?" would be answered "It was good (fue buena)."

Now, some people, when asked how they are, would say "I'm good" instead of "I'm well." That's incorrect (unless you're asking how they are at football, for example), but it's done quite frequently.

updated Nov 11, 2014
edited by Winkfish
posted by Winkfish
Perfect amigo :) - ian-hill, Nov 11, 2014
In footbal parlance - "The boy done good" instead of " the boy did well" it annoys me every time I hear it. - ian-hill, Nov 11, 2014
"It was good" You will occasionaly hear some jokers say: "Estuvo bien" but maybe that's just Calif. Spanish. - Daniela2041, Nov 11, 2014
updated Nov 12, 2014
edited by rac1
posted by rac1
:) - ian-hill, Nov 11, 2014
I would be good if people could do their own searches - :) - ian-hill, Nov 11, 2014
It's more fun for me to "take 'em on!" - Daniela2041, Nov 12, 2014
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