You may notice right away that Dominicans measure things differently than the US. Not differently than the world but different than the US. They use the metric system. You probably remember learning about the metric system in one of your science classes in school. Well, now you get to use it. But don’t be mad that Dominicans use it maybe get upset that the US is the only industrialized country that has made it official. Don’t go on forgetting the standard customary system the US uses because you will still need it in the DR. For things that are American or when you want to understand any unit of measurement. TIP: I’ve hypothesized that anything in American unit dollars, miles, pounds, gallons, etc cost more than if it was in

Don’t go on forgetting the standard customary system the US uses because you will still need it in the DR. For things that are American or when you want to understand any unit of measurement. TIP: I’ve hypothesized that anything in American unit dollars, miles, pounds, gallons, etc cost more than if it was in non-American units. I think there is a small fee added for American items or use of American Measurement system. So for example, if someone tells you that something is x dollars (USD) and you ask them for the price in pesos x DOP and you do the conversion yourself, it will be less. Maybe it’s me.

Here is a quick cheat sheet on common metric units and their US customary units:

Forgot to add square meters and square feet – one square foot is the equivalent to 0.09290304 square meters and one square meter is equal to 10.764 square feet. So a 100m² apartment/house is about 1075 square feet.

I have also noticed that sometimes the measurements of sizes are not correct. Not all queen mattresses are 60 inches (Twin 39, Full 54, &King 76). The preciseness of the measurement depends on the person measuring. So bring your own measuring tape. Or don’t forget to remember that I warned you when your mattress doesn’t quite fit your bed frame you bought (even if at the same store!). 

The last measurement you would want to remember is temperature. In the DR they measure temperature in Celsius. You probably will hear it all the time. Most locals don’t even know how to convert it to Fahrenheit, much less spell it. I know I use spell check every time.  The formula to calculate Fahrenheit is T(°C) × 9/5 + 32  or a simpler way – multiply by 9, then divide by 5, then add 32. I am going to help out and tell you which ones to know -cool day outside is 50°F (10°C), hot day is 85°F (26°C), very hot day is 90°F (32°C), normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C), low fever starts 100.4°F (38°C), and high fever is about 104°F (40°C).

Is there anything else you would like to add about measurements. If so, please use the comment section. Thanks.
Thermometer source: http://sprites.comohacerpara.com/img/03071g-tabla-equivalencias-grados-celsius-fahrenheit.jpg

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