Cold heart (sad) & cold blooded (mean) in Chinese

Since there are like 20 different ways to say 'cold' in Chinese, I thought it would be interesting to look at some different uses such as cold heart & cold blooded. I talked with my teacher to get these words/phrases but please let me know of any mistakes.

Here are 3 ways to say that your heart is cold, which means that you're very sad. They have similar meaning, with the le version implying recently changed.

心寒 - Xīn hán

我的心很冷 - Wǒ de xīn hěn lěng

我的心冰凉了- Wǒ de xīn bīng liáng le

I feel very sad. My heart became cold and hurt.

You can also use this pattern to describe who/what made you sad.

A 让 B 心寒
你让我心寒 - 
Nǐ ràng wǒ xīnhán

You made me really sad


If you want to describe someone as selfish / self-interested or old definition of cool (not=hip), you can say

冷漠的人 - Lěng mò de rén


And if someone is really bad, mean or cruel (as in 'he killed many people') you can say

他是个冷血的人 - Tā shì gè lěng xuè de rén


Hope you don't have to use the last one in any real life situations.


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Comment by Shu on February 14, 2012 at 1:25pm


Great job on the translation :)

It would be more natural to say 那个女孩是如此漂亮,但她看起来如此超然**又**冷若冰霜 .

you4 means also. For example, we would say 她美丽又大方。他聪明又可爱。She is both beautiful and generous. He is both smart and cute.  Or we can use double you4 她又美丽又大方。他又聪明又可爱。

Literally your translation is perfect. Awesome.

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Comment by Thomas Doherty on February 13, 2012 at 10:18am

@Shu   Do we say it like this:

     That girl is so pretty, but she looks so aloof and cold as ice


    Nàgè nǚhái shì rúcǐ piàoliang, dàn tā kàn qǐlái rúcǐ chāorán hé lěngruòbīngshuāng

Comment by Shu on December 19, 2011 at 9:02am


It looks fine :)

We have a phrase --冷若冰霜 leng3 ruo4 bing1 shuang1 - as cold as the ice and frost. For example, you can say that girl is so pretty, but she looks so aloof and cold .......

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