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Manchmal = sometimes, ein bisschen = a little bit.
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? - ...
The difference actually is selbst wenn and auch wenn are used for hypothetical cases (even if) (see: irrealer Einräumungssatz (1)) but only auch wenn is used for real ones (even though) Examples: Selbst wenn ich das versuchen würde / Even if I tried Auch wenn das ein Problem ist / Even though it's a problem
With reference to OPs example (namely referring to an action in the past which does not happen and thus we cannot tell what have happened if we did the action), selbst wenn is a little more flexible than auch wenn. Selbst wenn has two connotations: [a] It doesn't matter if something happened or was true. I wouldn't have cared anyway. [b] Assuming ...
The meaning of both in this usage is similar. Selbst wenn has a slight connotation of being stronger, and is sometimes used without the remaining sentence colloquially: "Und was ist, wenn X passiert?" - "Selbst wenn... (dann ändert das auch nichts.)" This usage is not possible with "Auch wenn". I'd use "selbst wenn" if I wouldn't ever intend to do ...
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