In Polish you can give relative directions (most often in military context) by using the clock dial analogy — you're at the centre and each number between 1 and 12 is a direction. For example, "Enemy at eight." would mean that the enemy is to the left and slightly behind you. Can you do a similar thing in English? I believe I heard something like this but Google searches turn up nothing.
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Yes, you certainly can.
Usually your front is at 12 o'clock and your back is at 6 o'clock.
Yes this is very common and I think a standard used by the military all over the world.
What has language got to do with it? What you choose to express can be expressed in all the languages in the world.
Specifically this use of giving directions is used by stargazers as well. Here, the sky is assumed to be the clock and the zenith is the center. From there on, it's easy to navigate to particular stars, constellations and other objects in a manner exactly similar to what you know, in your native place (and not language).
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