Post by Ally Kennedy de Garcia on Jul 31, 2014 12:10:56 GMT 9
Any Americans have a difficult time with the metric system? I am trying to do the weather in Celsius but since my husband lived in the US he feels comfortable with Fahrenheit, thus at home I'm not forced to have to know the temperature in Celsius. I am starting to learn it slowly and always think about making my weather app in Celsius but, well, I'm lazy about it. Anyone else have this problem? How did you master the metric and weather systems in your adopted countries?
Ally, oh don't get me started on my woeful failure to learn the metric system! I've lived in Japan for nearly 18 years and I still struggle with understanding temperatures in Celsius! This is something I should have been more proactive about long ago, but, well, it just never seemed all that important to me. And here I am, years later, without an easy grasp of today's weather. :-[
Just putting a chart on the wall, with a side-by-side comparison of Celsius and Fahrenheit, would probably help the new system become more second nature, if viewed enough...
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I simply can't! I have no idea what a mile is, Fahrenheit or anything... Can't be bothered, really... I just ignore it. I have an app on my phone that does it for me when it's necessary for me to understand...
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9