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I just wanted to know what's the difference between ein bisschen and manchmal? When and where should I use each? Can they be used interchangeably?

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Manchmal talks about times of occurrence so it measures a countable thing. It answers the questions

When? - Nie, manchmal, oft, immer

How often? - Einmal, zweimal, dreimal, manchmal

ein bisschen talks about a quantity of uncountable things or characteristics without being limited to a certain domain. It answers to the questions

How much? - wenig Zeit, ein bisschen Zeit, viel Zeit

How intense? - gar nicht laut, ein bisschen laut, sehr laut

They are never interchangeable because one talks about countable and the other about uncountable.

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Manchmal = sometimes, ein bisschen = a little bit.

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