Small but tricky

Germans have that lovely little word bitte.

But how on earth can it be translated?

Darf ich bitte das Buch haben?

May I have the book, please?

While handing the book over to you, the person might say:

Bitte schön. Or Bitte sehr.

And you would reply:

Thank you.

In German, when you say Danke or Dankeschön, the reply you get is often Bitte.

And in English?

You’re welcome. Or Not at all. Or My pleasure.

 

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Written by Christine Burgmer

3. August 2017