We converted

Metric to English
Metric to English

When we were first setting up this blog I was hoping to find an app for the sidebar where you could easily convert metric measurements into those more commonly used in the UK and US. Since that hasn’t shown up yet, there’s a chart below where you’ll find some shortcuts. It’s what we use when we’re on the continent to figure out a more familiar amount. To make it easy, though, here are the four that I’ll mention the most:

  • Euro to Dollar: don’t bother (see why below)
  • Kilometer to Miles: just halve the km
  • Kilograms to Pounds: just double the kg
  • Degrees C to F: double the degrees C and add 30

These are not exact but will give you a general idea without having to consult your smart phone.

At home
Degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit Double the degrees C and add 30 to get F.

20 degrees C X 2 = 40; plus 30 = 70 degrees F

Liters to Gallons Divide the liters by 4. 12 liters / 4 = 3 gallons
Kilograms to Pounds Multiply the kilograms by 2.

5 kilograms X 2 = 10 pounds

Grams to ounces 500 grams = 1 pound
Grams to teaspoons 5 grams = 1 teaspoon
Millimeters to inches 25 millimeters = 1 inch
In the car
Kilometers to Miles Divide the kilometers by 2 and add 10%.

10 kilometers / 2 = 5; plus 1 = 6 miles

Meters to feet Multiply the meters by 3. 50 meters X 3 = 150 feet

I didn’t include a conversion for euros to dollars for a few reasons. It changes daily; currently you can easily add 10 percent and get the dollar amount; and lastly, why bother? That third point is something we learned long ago while on overseas vacations: just pretend the price you see is dollars and make the decision about whether to buy something or not based on that number. That works fine for a two-week vacation but we’ll have to see if living in the euro zone makes a difference.

Do you have a favorite way of remembering a conversion from metric to English? If so, please share.

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