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Bitte bitte! vs Bitte schön!

Hello everyone!

I am using Get Started in German by Teach Yourself as a companion to the Duolingo course. I have reached unit two and there is a section on the usefulness of the word 'bitte'.

It says that you say 'bitte bitte' (meaning 'you're welcome') after someone says 'thank you' to you.

It says you say 'bitte schön' (meaning 'here you are') when you hand something to someone.

But, my grandparents are from Germany and they use 'bitte schön' to say 'you're welcome' instead of 'bitte bitte'. Just in case it's a dialect thing, they are from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Which one is the better one to use? Which one is more common?

Thanks for your help!

January 11, 2016

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/igelchen

"Bitte schön" is definitely more common/universal, as is "gern geschehen", though I do know people who use "bitte, bitte" in casual situations. Unlike the other two options, it's trying to play down the "thank you" a bit (out of modesty) rather than fully acknowledging it, or at least, that's what it feels like to me.

January 11, 2016

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January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottesanbeterin

I was in Germany last year in May, and I used bitte schön. They all understood it. So I suppose it is bitte schön. Hope this helps!

January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

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January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottesanbeterin

No problem.

January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MissDriss4ever

replies to thank you: 1. Bitteschön. 2. Gern geschehen 3.Keine Ursache 4. Kein Problem 5. Nichts dafür (North Germany)

January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JustaHailey

I also hear "Nichts zu danken" quite a bit from a German friend.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MissDriss4ever

yes, that is right.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Are you sure about the "Nichts dafür"?

I would have expected "Nicht dafür" (without -s).

Though I think I hear "Dafür nicht" or "Da nicht für" more often (and often without the "t" pronounced: Dafür nich, Da nich für).

It's perhaps better for foreigners not to use those phrases, though; they're rather colloquial :)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MissDriss4ever

I habve to admit that "Nichts dafür" is probably wrong. Actually it has to be without s. Sorry.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MissDriss4ever

you are right with every listened version. Yes, they are very colloquial and i dont like this North German forms. But they must be mentioned for the sake of completeness.......;-)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/chooyo

I always hear 'bitte schön' in Berlin (home right now), nor on vacation in Dresden or Stralsund so I'd stick with 'bitte schön'.

January 11, 2016

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January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LordLulz

I'm from Bavaria, Germany. I've never heard a "bitte, bitte". In many regions slang is spoken, also in Bavaria. Simply saying "bitte", without something else after it, is ok too.

January 12, 2016

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January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LordLulz

bitte ;-)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/smilljas

Where I live "bitte, bitte" as a reply to "thank you" has a slightly annoyed or impatient undertone like in " you're welcome but I would like go carry on with my own stuff now..."

January 14, 2016

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January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/smilljas

Bitte, bitte! Sorry, couldn't resist... ;-)

January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin

Native German speaker here, having lived in different regions. ;)
I only ever encountered "bitte bitte" when someone (usually a child) asked for something, basically like when you'd use "pretty please" in English.
"Bitte schön" or "bitte sehr" is what you'd use while handing someone something. After they thank you, you can then say "gern geschehen".
"Bitte" on its own is being used either when asking for or while giving something.

January 11, 2016
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