A Couple Easy Conversions

Dealing with unfamiliar monetary and measurement systems is high on the list of the day-to-day adaptations we face as we blend into a new culture. It is of course possible to look to conversion tables for precise answers, but here are a few easy shortcuts that will at least get you in the ballpark:

Temperature Conversions (these will get you within a few degrees)

  • Celsius to Fahrenheit: Double the Celsius temp, add 30 (for example: 10 Celsius x 2 = 20, add 30 = 50 Fahrenheit)
  • Fahrenheit to Celsius: Subtract 30, divide by 2 (same example: 50 Fahrenheit minus 30 = 20/2 = 10 Celsius)


  • 1 meter is about 39 inches- a bit more than a yard (a long 3 feet)
  • 1 kilometer is about 2/3 of a mile (100 KPH = 65 MPH, more or less)
  • For 1 square meter, think 10 square feet (example: a 120 square meter house is about 1200 square feet)
  • 1 hectare is about 2.47 acres (think 2 1/2 acres)

Uruguay Monetary Conversion

  • The Uruguayan peso has been hovering around 20 pesos to the U.S. dollar, so each peso is worth about a nickel. The easy conversions: (*Note that $ is the symbol here for pesos, U$S is for dollars)
  • From pesos to dollars, drop a zero and cut it in half — for example: with $1200 pesos, drop a zero = 120, cut that in half = U$S60
  • From dollars to pesos, other way around — for U$S40, double it = 80, add a zero = $800 Pesos


Simple, but useful.

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