dic
02

La diferencia entre bien, bueno y buen en español

Spanish bien, bueno, buen

Today we’ll be looking at three words in Spanish which look similar and students often use incorrectly. Particularly if you’re a native English speaker, you might have struggled with “bien, bueno and buen”.

 Bien

It’s an adverb, so it never changes its form. It can modify a verb (after it), an adjective (before it), or another adverb (before it). It’s mostly used in these four situations:

  • To mean something is done correctly or properly: Este profesor explica muy bien matemáticas. –> This teacher explains mathematics very well.
  • To talk about health: ¿Cómo está tu madre? Está bien, gracias. –> How’s your mother? She’s fine, thanks.
  • To show agreement or approval: Voy a enviarle el contrato el jueves. De acuerdo, bien, gracias. –> I Will be sending you the contract on Thursday. Ok, good, thank you.
  • To react to good news: ¡El Barça ha ganado el partido! – ¡Bien! –> Barça won the game – “yes!”

Less frequent uses:

  • Bien (+adjective) = muy. Este restaurante es bien caro, no volveremos. –> This restaurant is so expensive, we won’t come back.
  • (verb+) bien = mucho. Esta noche ha llovido bien, está todo mojado. –> It rained a lot last night, it’s all wet.
  • (Colloquial) It’s an adjective and it means something is very exclusive/high class/posh: Este es un barrio bien, mira las casas . –> This is an exclusive/high-class neighborhood, look at the houses.

Bueno

It’s an adjective. It modifies a noun, so it needs to match its gender and number (bueno, buena, buenos, buenas). It comes after the noun or the verb.

Of actions/things:

  • (ser): have a positive effect. Beber mucha agua es bueno para la salud. Drinking a lot of water is Good for your health.
  • (ser) Of good quality: Este reloj es bueno, es suizo. This is a good watch, it’s Swiss.
  • (estar) tasty: ¡La paella estaba muy buena! The paella was very good (delicious).

Of people/animals:

  • (+ser) Kind-hearted: Ana es muy buena, siempre me ayuda. Ana is so kind-hearted, she always helps me.
  • (+ser+gerund) skilled, good at: Pedro es muy bueno cocinando. Pedro is really good at cooking.
  • *(+estar) sexy/hot: Mi vecino está bueno. The guy next door is hot.

As an interjection:

  • Well, so: Bueno, ¿quién quiere patatas bravas? So, who wants patatas bravas?
  • “Agreement”: ¿Pedimos una pizza? – Bueno, vale. How about ordering a pizza? – yes, ok. (not a big yes, but affirmative).

Buen

“Bueno” is one of the few adjectives that can also appear before the noun. In that position, “bueno” shortens to “buen” (buena, buenos, buenas stay the same) and it means “of good quality/abilities”. It appears mostly in the structure “ser un/a/os/as buen/a/os/as + noun” –> to be a good ~.

Of people/animals/things:

  • Alicia es una buena presidenta.
  • Es caro, pero es un buen restaurante.
  • Rex es un buen perro.

We hope this post was useful, let us know in the comments!

 

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nov
18

Quizlet: app para practicar español

Dime Spanish Study Group

Learning Spanish can be challenging and sometimes it’s complicated to keep it fun and engaging. There are many apps you can use to learn a language, but most of them follow a strict path and include a lot of language which is not actually used in daily conversations in Spanish.

At Dime we believe technology should help you learn the Spanish you need, so here’s an app you can customize to fit your Spanish language learning needs: Quizlet.

It’s based on flashcards, but it isn’t just about flipping and repeating. Once you’ve created a card set, it creates several games and activities for you to learn and review vocabulary and expressions in a fun way. You can also set up your own study reminders and web/app notifications.

So, we’ve started the Dime Spanish Study Group, where we will periodically upload card sets you can export, customize and add to your account. To access the cards,  create a free account at https://quizlet.com/  . In order to get notifications every time we upload a new card set, request access to the study group here https://quizlet.com/join/Ut8pcUJRr .

Here’s a short tutorial about how to get the card sets, customize them and add them to your accounthttps://youtu.be/4ZpEGekDleo

  • If you wish to create a copy of the original set just as it is (no customization), click on the “+” button under the set and choose a folder to save it to.
  • If you wish to get your copy and edit the original set,  click on “customize” under the set.
  • You can change the name and the description of the set.
  • Delete, edit or add the cards you like. (manually at the end of the page, or import from a file at the top)
  • If you like, edit the visibility and editing permissions of the set.
  • Click “Create” and place the set in a folder (optional).
  • You’ll find your customized sets on the sidebar on the left, under “sets” (if you just clicked “create”) and also under “folders” (if you placed it in a folder).

Practice and review your Spanish with Dime in a fun way, anywhere, at any time. We have just uploaded a card set for Unit 9 of the Aula 1  classbook :)

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*tip: for the “Learn”, “Write” and “Spell” activities, we recommend you edit the options and activate the “one answer” to avoid correction issues with words which have more than one meaning.

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nov
05

El otoño en español

Spanish autumn fall vocabulary

It’s that time of the year again! Who’s loving this season so far?

Let’s learn some vocabulary to talk about fall/autumn in Spanish.

Download the infographic here

Vocabulario otoño autumn Spanish Dime

 

 We have prepared some vocabulary exercises so that you can practice Spanish in a fun way. Click the button below to find them on Quizlet.

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oct
29

Halloween in Spain: Todos los santos

halloween spain

Halloween is around the corner! Even though this celebration is now integrated into the Spanish calendar, it’s certainly not a traditional Spanish festivity. However, shops decorate and make special offers and both children and adults enjoy dressing up and throwing parties at a perfect time between the beginning of the school year and Christmas.

The Spanish traditional festival closest to Halloween would be “Todos los Santos” (in Catalonia, “La Castanyada”). Celebrated on November 1st, families get together to remember the dead by bringing flowers to their tombs and spending some time around.

When families gather during this day, they eat chestnuts, sweet potatoes and, especially in Catalonia, the “panellet” cakes, which are made from long-lasting ingredients such as nuts, associated with eternity. Also sweet and tasty are the “huesos de santo” (marzipan rolls filled with egg yolk sweet cream) and the “buñuelos de viento” (round-shaped doughnut fritters), among others.

If you’re living in Catalonia, you’ll see that many expat communities organize their own Halloween parties at public parks (maybe not this year) and go trick or treating with their expat neighbors. Note that Spain borrowed the wearing-a-costume side to Halloween, but trick or treating is not very common. On the contrary, children are likely to work on “La Castanyera” at school by learning the story or singing songs (a Catalan tale about an old lady who sold chestnuts).

We hope you enjoy the sweet part of this solemn festivity, as this year gatherings are complicated. Stay safe learning some Spanish online! :P

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halloween spain vocabulary

oct
21

Por vs Para

Among the Spanish grammar topics with which students struggle the most, probably the difference between por and para would be in the top 3.

We’ve created this infographic with the uses of por and para, we hope you find it useful!

You can download it here.

Spanish por vs para

Have you ever doubted between por and para when speaking Spanish? Let us know in the comments!

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