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While reading English writing, one which confuses me is measurement. Taking the systems of measuring temperature for example, there are two ways: Celsius and Fahrenheit. In Japan we use the Celsius scale, while the Fahrenheit one is most commonly used in the US. So, as I'm not accustomed to the Fahrenheit scale, I can't get the "feel" of its digits at sight. The conversion formula is: C = (5/9)*(F-32) ...Uh-huh. Well, if you happen to know some nice freeware programs or websites for measurement conversions, please drop me a line.

Now, speaking of snow (haha!), we have a lot of snow here in Hokkaido in winter. I used to like the snow when I was a kid. Skiing, snowballing, sledding, making snowmen ...and joyful memories of white Christmas! There is always something exciting about the snow. But now, when it begins to snow, the first thing that comes to my mind is, "Boy, I have to shovel the snow away around my house tomorrow." And one typical greeting with my neighbors in midwinter is "No more snow, eh?" Sounds sad? Um, I don't hate the snow, really...snow in general...basically.


Kiyo, I have the same problem with Celsius, although I'm getting better. Canada "went" metric when I was in 8th grade. So, I had 9 years of education in the the old Imperial/Fahrenheit system. I had to convert temperatures in my head from Celsius to Fahrenheit for years before they had any meaning. Fortunately, converting from C to F is a bit easier - roughly, double it and add 30.

I'm getting better with Celsius though. Today, it was 34 C. which I now know means dang hot! :)

Yes, here in the States are very stubborn. I don?t know why we don?t convert over to the metric system. When I was going to college, all my engineering classes where in metric. The real kicker was every once in a while they would throw in a test question with English units, just to mess us up. :-)

For the conversions, try this website:


Anything and everything.

You want to know something scary? Without being able to convert between miles and kilometers, I was still allowed to drive in Japan; I just didn't know how fast I was going. It probably doesn't matter, though, since the top legal speed here is nowhere near the top legal speed back home. I only know this now because I'm getting used to the metric system.

Okay, not really, I used http://www.onlineconversion.com/ to check. On top of standard conversions, it also converts clothing sizes, cooking measurements and power measurements. I can't tell you how helpful it has been to someone as mathematically retarded as myself.

Thanks Jennifer for the handy way. So it's about 70F around here today. 34C! It's "dung" hot..oops (We say like that in Japanese) :)

And thanks tatroyer and The Other Jennifer for neat links. I'll make use of them. Jennifer, I bet you can enjoy driving in Hokkaido. ;)

Hi "Other Jennifer". I hate that I've made you an "other". I don't mind using "Jen" so I'll use that as my handle over here at Kiyo's to avoid confusion! :)

Btw, having spend years "converting", here's the easiest way I know. From miles to kilometers, multiply miles by 2.2. From kilometers to miles, multiply kilometers by .6. My math is lousy but in my head, I can usually come up with a reasonable approximation.