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"Es bueno" is a phrase which is often translated as "he's good", and "está bueno" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's good". Learn more about the difference between "es bueno" and "está bueno" below.
es bueno(
ehs
 
bweh
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noh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (he's a good person)
a. he's good
Es tan bueno, que a veces parece tonto.He's so good, he sometimes looks stupid.
b. is good
A mí me parece que Jorge en el fondo es bueno, aunque no lo parezca.I think Jorge is good deep down, even if he doesn't appear to be.
2. (he's well-behaved)
a. he's good
En casa es bueno, pero cuando hay extraños delante, se porta fatal.He's good at home, but then behaves really badly in front of strangers.
b. is good
El niño es muy bueno, pero la niña es un trasto.The boy is very good, but the girl is a little devil.
3. (he's skilfull at)
a. he's good
¿Escuchaste a Zack tocando el saxofón? ¡Es muy bueno!Have you heard Zack on the saxophone? He's very good!
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Es muy bueno jugando al básquetbol.He's very good at playing basketball.
Mi hermano es bueno en ciencias pero yo prefiero humanidades.My brother's good at sciences but I prefer humanities.
c. is good at
El nuevo dependiente es muy bueno cuando se trata de convencer a la gente de que compre algo.The new shop assistant is very good at convincing people to buy something.
4. (it's of good quality)
a. it's good
Claro que es bueno, con ese precio ya puede serlo.Of course it's good. At that price it has to be.
b. is good
El chiste es muy bueno, pero no muy políticamente correcto que digamos.The joke is very good, but not exactly politically correct.
5. (it's beneficial)
a. it's good
¿Por qué bebes tanta agua? - Dicen que es bueno para la piel.Why do you drink so much water? - They say it's good for your skin.
b. is good
Aprender un idioma es muy bueno para entrenar la memoria.Learning a language is very good for training your memory skills.
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está bueno(
ehs
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tah
 
bweh
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noh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (culinary)
a. it's good
¿No está demasiado dulce el pastel de chocolate? - ¡Que va! Está bueno.Isn't the chocolate cake too sweet? - Not at all! It's good.
b. is good
El gazpacho está bueno. Si acaso le falta un poco de sal.The gazpacho is good. If anything, it needs a bit more salt.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(is attractive)
a. he's hot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Su hermano un poco tonto, pero reconozco que está bueno.Her brother is a bit silly, but I admit he's hot.
b. is hot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Daniel está muy bueno en traje de baño. ¿Viste qué musculatura tiene?Daniel is really hot in swimming trunks. Did you see his muscles?
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