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I would like to express a person's height in German. For example, if I wanted to say, I am six feet tall, I think I could say:

Ich bin sechs Fuß Höhe.

Or if I wanted to say that my girlfriend is 5 and a half feet tall I would say:

Meine Freundin ist fünf und hälfte Fuß Höhe.

Is that correct?

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    The imperial sizes also need to be translated to metric ones (centimeter probably), same applies for weight (kilogramm). Otherwise the typical German addressee will have to resort to his/her unit converter. – guidot Oct 2 '17 at 15:24
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    "Fuß" is a part of body that we use to walk. It is not a unit anybody uses who speaks German. We have "Meter", "Zentimeter" and so on. – Hubert Schölnast Nov 28 '17 at 20:40
  • @HubertSchölnast It used to be. duden.de/rechtschreibung/Fusz#Bedeutung4 – Eller Nov 29 '17 at 10:41
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No, it is not.

When talking about a person's height you have to use "Größe".

"Ich bin 185 cm groß."

"Meine Freundin ist 170 cm groß."

"Höhe" is used for things, but not for people. For example:

Welche Höhe hat dieser Baum?

would translate to

What's the height of this tree?

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    There's height on the tree? – user6191 Dec 5 '14 at 7:42
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    You do not seem to understand the phrase "What's the height on that tree?" correctly. It's a different usage of the word "on" than what you're thinking of. And it's not incorrect either although I can perfectly understand why it would confuse a fellow German. I'd however still advise you to do your research prior to humorously implying that I misused a word. – J_LV Dec 5 '14 at 7:49
  • You must've spent quite a while on the Internet. – user6191 Dec 5 '14 at 9:50
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    It would be more natural to say: "Wie hoch ist dieser Baum?", although the other phrase is not wrong. – Martin Peters Dec 5 '14 at 10:07
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    Could you add that the "groß" is often skipped,as is the "cm" or "meter"... "Ich bin eins achtzig" That's idiomatic too. – Emanuel Dec 5 '14 at 11:45
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If you use feet, most people in Germany will have no clue how much that is. Always use the metric system.

Ich bin eins achtzig groß. (1 Meter und 80 Zentimeter.)
Meine Freundin ist einen Meter fünfundsechzig groß.

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Meine Freundin ist fünf und hälfte Fuß Höhe.

When talking about half of a value, use "~einhalb" like e.g.

  • diese Melone wiegt dreieinhalb Kilo (3.5 kg)

  • dieses Kind ist eineinhalb Meter groß (1.5 m)

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    This is correct, but just a small part of the answer. See also the other answers regarding feet vs cm --- you probably don't need to use "hundertsechzigeinhalb Zentimeter". stackexchange is not a discussion forum. Please take the tour, and only post new and complete answers, not answers to other answers. – Robert Nov 28 '17 at 20:05
  • maybe make a mention that your second example would be phrased "anderthalb" meaning eineinhalb in a good portion of cases. – abbabab Dec 1 '17 at 15:33

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