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Subject: Re: Giving your height
From: Russell (rleegoldgmail.com)
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:15:03 GMT
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> > I'm wondering if it is common practice (or even uncommon practice) to give your height in centimeters over one meter. E.g., giving my height as 77-senchi, meaning 1.77 meters. Obviously only in informal contexts. I could have sworn that I heard people speak this way when I living in Japan, but I don't trust my memory.
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> Yes, you say 1 mētoru 77 senchi or 177 senchi, and colloquially just 77 senchi.

Takasugi-san,

Thanks so much. My memory wasn't that bad after all, it seems. Do you happen to know what happens for people above 2 meters? It's probably rare or remarkable enough that mentioning the number of meters is more likely. But, for instance, I'd guess that giving one's height as 110 centimeters, to mean 2 meters 10 cm, doesn't happen except humorously. Just a guess, though.



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