1 meter = 39.37 inches or just .005 shy of 39 3/8.

Either call it 39 inches and add 3/8 per meter or call it 40 in and subtract 5/8 per meter.

e.g. If you have 7 meters, that is 7 * 40 (or 280 inches) less 35/8 (or 4 inches) so the estimate would be 280 - 4 or 276 inches. Divide by 12 to get feet. (23 feet.)

You can also say that a meter is equal to a yard plus 3 3/8 in.

e.g. 12 meters is the same as 12 meters or (36 feet) plus another 36 inches (or 1 yard.)

It's a lot easier to do in your head than to explain it in words. Just think about it for a minute then you'll be able to "see" meters as yards and feet or vice versa.