Thursday, 23 July 2009

pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

Am I the only one who always gets those two confused? (Also in German: Länge und Breite. I can never remember off the top of my head which is which.)

My workaround is this: there's a set phrase "in these latitudes" / "in diesen Breiten" which refers e.g. to where certain plants grow or animals live, so I know that latitude/Breite has to refer to how far north or south of the equator you are (since that influences temperature and climate), and so longitude/Länge has to be how far east or west of the Prime Meridian you are.

So my latitude is about 53° N and my longitude about 10° E.

How do you guys remember the difference?

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