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"Está bien" is a phrase which is often translated as "OK", and "es bueno" is a phrase which is often translated as "he's good". Learn more about the difference between "está bien" and "es bueno" below.
está bien(
ehs
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tah
 
byehn
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express agreement or acceptance)
a. OK
¿Quieres ver esta película? - Está bien.Do you want to watch this movie? - OK.
b. all right
Ya limpié la cocina. - Está bien.I already cleaned the kitchen. - All right.
c. fine
¡Ven con nosotros! - Está bien.Come with us! - Fine.
d. that's OK
¡Perdón! Te pegué sin querer. - Está bien; no te preocupes.Sorry! I hit you by accident. - That's OK; don't worry about it.
e. that's fine
Te preparé unas quesadillas con tortillas de maíz. - Está bien.I made you quesadillas with corn tortillas. - That's fine.
f. that's all right
No pude encontrar el libro que me pediste. - Está bien.I couldn't find the book you asked me for. - That's all right.
2. (he, she, or it is alright)
a. he's fine (masculine)
¿Sigue enfermo Luis? - No, ya está bien.Is Luis still sick? - No, he's fine now.
b. she's fine (feminine)
¿Cómo está Marta? - Está bien.How is Marta? - She's fine.
c. it's fine
¿Cómo te gustó la nueva estufa? - No me encanta, pero está bien.How do you like the new stove? - I don't love it, but it's fine.
d. is fine
Carlos está bien.Carlos is fine.
3.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(you're alright)
a. you're fine
Está bien, señor. Solo se resbaló en el hielo.You're fine, sir. You just slipped on the ice.
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es bueno(
ehs
 
bweh
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noh
)
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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