When should you use Bien and when should you use Bueno in Spanish? A very common mistake for students learning Spanish is to mix up when they should use “Bien” and when they should use “Bueno.” By following a couple simple rules in this lesson, you will be able to avoid the common mistakes made my most Spanish students in relation to Bueno and Bien.

What is “Bien”?

Bien is an Adverb. So it can make a modification over a verb. We are not going to find it next to a noun but next to a verb.

Carlos canta bien. (Carlos sings well.)

Mi mamá cocina bien. (My mom cooks well.)

Nosotros tenemos que aprender bien los verbos. (We have to learn well verbs.)

The adverbs can be accompanied by a quantifier, like “bastante” or “muy”.

Roxana habla muy bien español. (Roxana speaks Spanish very well.)

Miguel jugó bastante bien en el partido de ayer. (Miguel played really well in the match yesterday.)

We can answer the question “how” using Bien.

¿Cómo estás? (How are you?)

Estoy muy bien. (I´m fine)

¿Cómo le va en la escuela a tu hijo? (How is school going for your child?)

Le va bien. (My son is doing well in school.)

The opposite of Bien is Mal.

Vos escuchaste mal. Yo dije otra cosa. (You heard wrong. I said another thing.)

Bien can be placed between a verb and an adjective to put emphasis.

Es un plato bien grande. Se puede compartir. (It is a very big dish. You can share it.)

What is “Bueno”?

Bueno is an Adjective, for this reason it has female, male, singular and plural: bueno/a/s; and we are going to find it making modifications about a noun. It could be speaking about goodness or good quality.

Esas zapatillas son muy buenas. (These shoes are very good.)

Marcos es un chico bueno. (Mark is a good guy.)

Before a noun, when it is male and singular, bueno changes to buen: Es un buen vino.

The opposite of Bueno is Malo: Malo/a/s. And also malo loses the o when it is before a noun.

Es un mal memento par a ir a hablar con mi jefe, él está concentrado en otras cosas. (It is a bad time to go talk to my boss; he is concentrating on other things.)

Bueno also can be translated sometimes like “a good thing”.

Es bueno tomar 2 litros de agua por día. (It is good to drink 2 liters of water per day.)

Es bueno hacer deportes. (It is good to play sports.)

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