How to say good / bad in Spanish: bueno / malo

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How to say good / bad in Spanish: bueno / malo

Learning Spanish for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say good / bad in Spanish: bueno / malo
Say it out loud: “bway no / mah lo

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Some more helpful words in our Spanish Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – el baño  (el bahn yo)
come with me – venga conmigo  (vayn gah cone me go)
do you speak english? – ¿habla inglés?  (ah blah een glāce?)
excuse me – perdón  (pear dōn)
good / bad – bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
how do you say…? – ¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
how much is this? – ¿cuánto?  (kwahn toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – puedo?  (pway doh)
maybe – tal vez  (tahl vays)
no problem – no problema  (no pro blame uh)
please – por favor  (pore fah vore)
sorry – lo siento  (low see in toe)
thank you – gracias  (grah see ahs)
what is that? – ¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
where is… – dónde está  (dōn day ess tah)
yes / no – sí / no  (see / no)
you are welcome – de nada  (day nah dah)

And here’s how to say good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (bueno / malo)? Get instant access to the Spanish Language Set.

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