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1. German word for "ask".

2. Can also be used as "please", like in the sentence: "eine Currywurst, bitte" (= "a curried sausage please").

3. "Bitte" is also used by a waiter or someone offering a service to attract the customer's attention. We might translate it by "Can I help you?".

4.You would also say "bitte" when handing things over to somebody. In this context it would mean "Here you are". You would expect the person to whom you were handing over the object to respond by saying "danke" (see below).

5. "Bitte" is also used as a response to "danke", which is the German equivalent of "thanks" or "thank you". "Bitte" then means "You're welcome!" or "Don't mention it!". This acknowledgement of thanks is not simply a matter of politeness - it can be impolite not to follow a "danke" with a "bitte", since to a German speaker you may appear to be refusing their thanks.

"Danke" is often followed by either "schön" or "sehr". If so, then the "bitte" response will be similarly modified. The following table listens the pattern of responses:
Person1: danke schön!
Person2: bitte schön!
by Sampi June 21, 2005

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