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In the UK, there are two systems of measurement -- the metric or decimal system, and the older _____ system.

The older system of measurement is very complicated. The metric system is much easier because it is based on units of _____.

Many thermometers in the UK show two systems for measuring room temperature.

In the UK, a person's height is measured in feet and _____.

In the UK, a person's weight is measured in _____ and pounds.

If you buy a carton of milk in a UK supermarket, it will have two measurements on the label. One _____ in the imperial system is the same as 568ml in the metric system.

If you are looking for property to buy or rent, the estate agent may give you a floorplan showing the layout and size of the rooms. Usually both systems of measurement are used, showing both square feet and square _____.

In the imperial system, there are twelve inches in one foot, and _____ feet in one yard.

There are 1760 yards in one _____.

The measurement of land often used in farming is the _____.


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Thank you for the nice lesson.

My epal in England writes me metric measure. I wonder which she uses in her everyday life. And also, in Downunder, over 30 years ago, the measurement was converted to metric one, although NZ & Australia are countries of British Commonwealth:). The US sticks to “older” measurement, such as you explained, gallons for example. I just don’t know why.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

    It’s a good idea to get familiar with both systems of measurement -the metric and the English/British systems- when travelling abroad/overseas.

    It is for me a bit more complicated to use the English system especially when it comes to doing conversions from one system into another.

    A challenging lesson, but interesting.

    Thanks

    Tuesday, January 5th 2016

Thanks for your lesson ! It’s so useful to me and I got 9 corect out of 10 :).
I hope I can see many interesting your lesson more.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Hi Gill !
Great. A very useful lesson. I really needed lanmarks driving on the roads in Britain where I’m used to go every year (I love to visit England). Surprised with distances on signboards, they always seem to be shorter than they are in my mind (I’m French). however, according to speed limits I have a magical method by programming my car counter (lol).
Oh ! Would you mind telling Adam, Valen and Emma to answer the questions I asked on some lessons (Adam for “wish”, Valen for “money” and Emma for “Lasst year, in the last year).I think those are former lessons and now they don’t look at the comments anymore, whereas the present lesson you taught is the last one I think. So, that’s why I hope you are going to respond to me.
Take care.
Denis.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thank you so much, Ms. Gill. I got 10 correct answers out of 10. Since I was a school-boy, I had to learn the British Units by heart many times. So I’m very familiar with them.

Length
12 inches = 1 foot
3 feet = 1 yard
22 yards = 1 chain
10 chains = 1 furlong
8 furlongs = 1 mile

Area
1 acre = 4,840 square yards
1 acre = 43,560 square feet

Weight
16 ounces = 1 pound
14 pounds = 1 stone
2 stones = 1 quarter
4 quarters = 1 hundredweight
20 hundredweights = 1 ton

Volume or Capacity
2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
2 gallons = 1 peck
4 pecks = 1 bushel
8 bushels = 1 quarter
36 bushels = 1 chaldron

Currency
12 pennies = 1 shilling
20 shillings = 1 pound

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

    And acres vs square metres? The most important

    Thursday, December 17th 2015

Thank for this interesting and clear lesson about the différences of the two systems.But it seems to me that the English are very conservative !

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thanks Gill.You really made this confusing stuff easy to understand.This will help me a lot when I fly to UK.To sum up,It has been very interesting lesson for me as always.See you soon with a new lesson.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thank you for lesson, Gill! It was so useful and interesting!

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thanks Gill, this topic is so weird and complicated!

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thanks Milady Gill, this tutorial is very clear and usefull (furthermore I like very much your prosody).
Bye.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thank you !!!
If everybody have a question, lets ask me at http://facebook.com/kimmytang.1691

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

thanks Gill very interesting and useful topic

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thank you teacher Gill! It is very helpful, but soooo complicated. I do not think I will be able to ever memorize all that stuff.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thank you very much Gill!!
What an interesting (and difficult) lesson today!!

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Hi Gill.Thanks very much!!so I got 10 out of 10.really was very useful lesson and interesting lesson and (This lesson is not difficult).I hope Extremely it’s very easy with me.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Hello Gill, thank you very much ! this lesson is very interesting.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Very useful lesson. Thank you Gill!

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thanks Gill! This lesson is very useful.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

It is useful information, thanks!

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

We got the lesson number 936! Right? What is the Engvid Team preparing to the lesson number 1000??!! It is going to be a grat achievement!Congrats!!!

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

great*

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Hello Gill my name is Edgar, I live in Honduras, my wish is learn english, thanks for help my.

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Hi Gill, thanks a lot. It was very useful.

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Thanks, Gill.I so really needed this lesson.

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Very useful but also very hard to take in. I need see the same lesson many times to understand.

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Thank you so much Mrs.Gill!
I like British accent so much even if it’s difficult than American, and at the same time I have to learn this accent, because we studied British English in our schools but I still bad in speaking.God bless you, God speed you and have a great one!

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Gill, you are awesome! Wonderful british accento! Tons of hugs.

Thursday, December 17th 2015

Interesting lesson. Good to learn something about the imperial measurement. I learnt the metric measurement and I’m sometimes very confused when I come across the imperial measurement. But now I know better. Thanks a lot!

Thursday, December 17th 2015

It’s difficult for us who live in countries where the metric system is used try to use the british pattern of measurement in everyday life. Nevertheless, the lesson was great and useful! Thank you Gill!

Thursday, December 17th 2015

    “… to try to use…”

    Thursday, December 17th 2015

very useful lesson. thanks a lot.

Friday, December 18th 2015

What an incredible mess with all these measurements !
And if you attempt to make some conversions, you understand why man had to invent mathematics…

My calculator and I say you :
“Short tons of long tons of tonnes of thanks.”

Saturday, December 19th 2015

Thank you very much, Gill!

Monday, December 21st 2015

Thanks Gill! It’s very useful.

Friday, January 1st 2016

Thanks

Monday, January 4th 2016

Thanks,Gill.This lesson is help me to learn more about the British culture.

Monday, January 4th 2016

Hello dear teacher. Hello every body , I am a new member . Thank you teacher.

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Good Evening Gill, I’m a new member too, just like soei.
I enjoy your lesson because I finally understand the units of the different measurements. I knew that in UK and also in US and in Canada there are feet and inches and yards, pounds and ounces and things so, but I had not ever understood their specific use before. Thank you!

Thursday, January 7th 2016

thanks a lot for the lesson you provided.

Thursday, January 7th 2016

Thank you!1

Monday, January 11th 2016

Thank you so much! I’ve always had a huge difficult in understanding those measurement standards and that is due to it’s singular mix that we can’t easily find anywhere else but in the UK. This is the first of your videos I watched and surely won’t be the last.

Tuesday, January 19th 2016

very useful as normal many many thaks

Thursday, February 18th 2016

What I have to say, you are great Gill

Sunday, March 6th 2016

Hello ! That was usefull lesson , give us more staff like this ?

Sunday, March 13th 2016

hello . how are you.. all

Saturday, March 26th 2016

    can you hear me :D

    Saturday, March 26th 2016

great teacher,Thanks.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

Thank you immensely!

Monday, June 27th 2016

thank you so mach

Friday, July 22nd 2016
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