How to Express Height in English

Teacher: Robin    Runtime: 7:46     Series: Beginner 2      icon-heart Donate     

This numbers video will teach you how to express height in English. The video will teach both the American ‘Imperial System’ and the International ‘Metric System’.
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[Part 1]

Hello, everyone.

In this video we are going to talk about ‘height’,

Ok…and how to express it in English.

Now, there are two systems…uhhh…to express ‘height’.

The first system is the Metric System.

The Metric System… used in Korea.

Also, Canada, where I’m from.

And the other system is the Imperial System.

The Imperial System used in…especially in America, but sometimes we also use it in Canada.

So, it’s good…you shoud know the Metric System, of course, but you should know a little bit of the Imperial System, in case you need to use it.

Alright…

Now, first, we’re going to talk about the Metric System.

So, take a look.

And I have two questions here.

So, let’s just look at the first one.

The first one is asking “How tall are you?”.

“How tall are you?”

Ok…

So, I put my height.

So, “I’m one hundred and eighty-three centimeters tall.”

So, listen again.

“I’m one hundred eighty-three centimeters tall.”

“I’m one hundred eighty-three centimeters… tall.”

“Centimeters…tall”

Ok, there’s no ‘s’ here, but when you’re reading this, you’re reading…or you’re saying your height.

You have to use the plural, “centimeters”.

“Centimeters.”

Ok…

“I’m one hundred eighty-three centimeters… tall.”

Don’t say, don’t say,”I’m one hundred eighty-three centimeter… tall.”

“One hundred eighty-three centimeters…tall”

Ok…got it?

You understand?

Alright, let’s look at the next question.

Ok, both questions are asking the same thing, about height.

“What’s your height?”

“What’s your height?”

Well, “My height is…”, again, “…one hundred eighty-three centimeters…centimeters”, remember the ‘s’.

“One hundred eighty-three centimeters.”

So, that’s one one way to express it, but I also have an example using ‘meters’.

So, “My height is one point eight three meters.”

So, if your using ‘centimeters’ or ‘meters’, both of them need the ‘s’.

Ok…

So, one more time.

I’ll say it really fast.

“How tall are you?”

“How tall are you?”

“I’m one hundred and eighty-three centimeters tall.”

“I’m one hundred and eighty-three centimeters tall.”

“What’s your height?”

“What’s your height?”

“My height is one hundred and eighty-three centimeters.”

“My height is one point eighty-three meters.”

Ok, so let’s look at a few more examples.

3:06 [Part 2 – Example Sentences #1]

Alright, let’s start with the first example.

“He is one hundred and seventy-five centimeters tall.”
“He is one hundred and seventy-five centimeters tall.”

“The sixty-three floor building is two hundred and forty-nine meters high.”
Ok, we use ‘tall’ for people, but for building we would probably use ‘high’

So…
“The sixty-three floor building is two hundred and forty-nine meters high.”

The last example.

“The height of Mount Everest is eight thousand eight hundred and forty-eight meters.”
“The height of Mount Everest is eight thousand eight hundred and forty-eight meters.”

4:02 [Part 3]

Alright, let’s look at the Imperial System now.

The Imperial System is a little more confusing.

Ahhh, so you should…ahhh..listen carefully.

I have the same question.

“How tall are you?”

But the answer is expressed very differently.

So, “How tall are you?”

“I’m…” this is “…six feet tall”.

“I’m six feet tall.”

Alright, so in the Metric System, “I’m one hundred eighty-three centimeters tall.”

Well in the Imperial System, I would express that, “I’m six feet tall.”

So let’s take a look at the Imperial System.

They use ‘inches’ and ‘feet’.

Ok…

So one inch…is equal to two point five four centimeters.

And one foot…is equal to thirty point four eight centimeters.

Alright, so, look at this.

“One foot.”

They say “one foot”.

“Two foot?”

No.

“One foot.”

“Two feet.”

“Three feet.”

“I am six feet.”

Ok…

So the singular is ‘foot’, for one, but the plural is ‘feet’.

Alright…

So, they’re going to show their height like this.

And how do we read this?

Well, this is “five feet”.

The first number is ‘feet’.

“Five feet”.

They’re going to put this.

“Seven inches.”

Ok, so this person is “five feet seven inches”.

Now if you look at mine, I’m “six feet zero inches”.

“Zero inches.”

Ok, but this is the inch place, so “five feet seven inches”.

And they write it like this.

Ok…

Let’s look at a few more examples of the imperial system.

6:11 [Part 4 – Example Sentences #2]

Alright, so here’s the first example.

“The Empire State Building rises to one thousand two hundred and fifty feet.”
“The Empire State Building rises to one thousand two hundred and fifty feet.”

The next example.

“My mom is five foot two inches tall.”
“My mom is five foot two inches tall.”

The last example.

“The basketball player is seven feet two inches tall.”
“The basketball player is seven feet two inches tall.”

7:01 [Part 5]

Alright, so, now we know how to express…uhh.. height in the Metric System and the Imperial System.

Ok…

Again, probably in Korea, we’re just going to use the Metric System.

But if you’re talking to an American, they might only understand the Imperial System.

Ok, so you should know how to express your height both ways.

So, again, “I’m one hundred eighty-three centimeters tall.”

Or… “My height is one hundred eighty-three centimeters.”

But I could also express that, “I’m…ahh… six feet tall.”

Alright…

That’s height.

And see you next time.

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