Poeple ask: “Why are there different ways to measure things? Why don’t Americans just adapt to the metric system? How can I convert the measurements I have here so an American can understand it?"
These questions are but a few of many questions I have gotten from my students in my 4 years living in Brazil. Brazilians have to work with Americans all the time and it is a challenge when it’s time to talk about measurements. The measuring system we use here in Brazil isn’t the same as the one they use in the USA. Brazil (like most of the world) uses the Metric System, an internationally agreed decimal system of measurement, while in America they use the United States Customary System (USCS). To be honest, it took 'me' a while to get use to the Metric System.
The USCS works with miles, yards, feet, and inches for length; ounces, pounds and tons for mass; teaspoons, tablespoons, shots, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and barrels for volume.
In a way the Metric System is easier and (dare I say it) better than the USCS. With the metric system you work with whole numbers, fewer units, and it is accepted worldwide. This makes life a whole lot easier!
1 kilometer = 0.62 mile / 1 mile = 1.61 kilometers
1 meter = 1.09 yards / 1 yard = 0.914 meter
1 meter = 3.28 feet / 1 foot = 0.305 meter
1 millimeter = 0.039 inch / 1 inch = 25.4 millimeter
1 gram = 0.035 ounce / 1 ounce = 28.35 grams
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds / 1 pound = .454 kilogram
1 metric ton = 1.1 (US) ton / 1 (US)ton = 907.19 kilograms
1 teaspoon = 4.9 milliliters / 1 tablespoon = 14.79 milliliters
1 shot = 44.36 milliliters / 1 cup = 236.59 milliliters
1 pint = 473.18 milliliters / 1 quart = 946.35 milliliters
1 gallon = 3.79 liters / 1 barrel = 119.24 liters
You can tell us whats do you think about the American Metric System in the comments bellow.