Friday, 3 June 2011


The word of the day is: 'bueno'= good.
The adjective  'bueno'/ 'buena' is used describe someone or something as being good (quality, value), pleasant (weather), tasty (food), competent (person).

Related adverbs are 'bien' (well) and 'buenamente' (well/ as well can be)

As a noun, 'el bueno'/ 'la buena' mean the good.

Grammar: In Spanish, when placed in front of a noun, the adjective  'bueno', looses the ending 'o' and becomes 'buen'. This happens only in front of masculine nouns.

We also use 'bueno'/ 'buena' in expressions such as:
  • ¡Buenas! (hello!)
  • Buenos días (good morning)
  • Buenas tardes (good afternoon)
  • Buenas noches (good evening/ good night)
  • ¡Estaría bueno! (I really hope not! It would be great!-irony)
  • De buenas a primeras (suddenly)
  • Por las buenas (willingly/ being nice/ the opposite to 'forceful')
  • ¡Bueno! (OK!/ well!/ right!)
  • Estar de buenas (to be in a good mood)

Examples of usage are:
  • La paella está muy buena (the paella is very tasty)
  • Este es un buen queso (this is a good cheese)-Note, before the noun 'queso', we use 'buen'
  • El bueno de la película (the 'goody' in the film)
  • All legar, Pedro dijo: ¡Buenas! (when Pedro arrived, he said: hello!)
  • ¡Bueno! a dormir (OK, lets go to sleep)
  • Estaría bueno, llegar tarde por ellos (it would be great! being late because of them!)
  • Aquí estamos todos de buenas (here we are all in a good mood)
  • Por las buenas se consigue todo (being nice all is possible)
  • De buenas a primeras, empezó a llover (all of sudden, it started raining) loves the word 'bueno' in the 7up advert '¡Que bueno vivir como esta gente!':

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