January 23, 2010 1:38 PM Subscribe
Regional variations on "you're welcome"?
posted by molecicco to Writing & Language (78 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Non-native English speakers often ask me why we say "you're welcome" in response to a "thank you", because the literal translation (bienvenido, willkommen, bienvenue) sounds really strange outside of a greeting situation. Also, I hear often that "you're welcome" is really more of a North American phrase. So - is it really a NA thing? If you are a native speaker from outside NA then what do you say in response to a "thank you"? Or rather, since there's always a lot of alternatives (no problem, don't mention it, etc) what's the expected, normal response where you are from?