J'ai froid au coeur

English translation: I feel devastated

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French term or phrase:J'ai froid au coeur
English translation:I feel devastated
Entered by: Jane RM

17:20 Mar 31, 2009
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
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French term or phrase: J'ai froid au coeur
This is a text message sent from somebody in love to the person refusing his advances - any ideas? thanks
Jane RM
France
Local time: 06:05
I feel devastated
Explanation:
just tI feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similaireso kick it off. Seems to be used by youngsters today:

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Note added at 6 mins (2009-03-31 17:26:53 GMT)
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sorry about the above. Or 'desolate' (although perhaps less used by youngsters today).

from google:
I feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similaires

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Note added at 8 mins (2009-03-31 17:28:53 GMT)
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or 'desolate' (although perhaps less used by youngsters of today)

I feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similaires

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Note added at 9 mins (2009-03-31 17:30:06 GMT)
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I feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similairesr

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Note added at 57 mins (2009-03-31 18:18:39 GMT)
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thx. Praps 'am devastated' (mind you 'gutted' is shorter!)
Selected response from:

ormiston
Local time: 06:05
Grading comment
thanks for all suggestions - I used "I'm devastated"
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
3 +6I feel devastated
ormiston
3 +5I feel gutted
B D Finch
3My heart is empty
Vicky James
3my heart is cold
Ellen Kraus


Discussion entries: 1





  

Answers


8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
My heart is empty


Explanation:
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I like "You have placed a chill in my heart" but this might be considered a wee bit OTT :D

Vicky James
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:05
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Carol Gullidge: perhaps wrong register for a txt msg...? Although I suppose this person might be a bit of a drama queen...!
10 mins
  -> I agree, it depends on the tone in the rest of the text message.
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10 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +5
I feel gutted


Explanation:
Possibly, depending upon the sort of language used elsewhere in the exchange?

B D Finch
France
Local time: 06:05
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 28

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M: Seems most appropriate for the context and register
4 mins
  -> Thanks Tony

agree  Carol Gullidge: better register for a txt msg
6 mins
  -> Thanks Carol

agree  Vicky James: I like this.
11 mins
  -> Thanks Vicky

agree  K. Ganly (X)
2 hrs
  -> Thanks Katharine

agree  Sheila Wilson: or even "I'm gutted"
3 hrs
  -> Thanks Sheila
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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
my heart is cold


Explanation:
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Note added at 14 Min. (2009-03-31 17:35:21 GMT)
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or MY HEART HAS GONE NUMB

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Note added at 15 Min. (2009-03-31 17:36:19 GMT)
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and I fell rotten

Ellen Kraus
Austria
Local time: 06:05
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Tony M: That wouldn't be very natural... and would also be open to an almost counter-sense interpretation: a cold-hearted person is someone who is hard and unfeeling / In German yes; but not in EN, as you are suggesting; 'cold heart' has a quite specific meaning
10 mins
  -> but, on the other hand, I am cold can also mean Ich friere because of the low temperature. in the present case, it is the context which should make the meaning clear.

neutral  Carol Gullidge: no wonder he doesn't reciprocate...! (agree w Tony - especially for a txt msg)//Sorry, but no matter how literally correct this is, it just doesn't work in EN in this context
12 mins
  -> see my answer to Tony.

neutral  Sheila Wilson: although "I feel numb" might work
3 hrs
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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +6
I feel devastated


Explanation:
just tI feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similaireso kick it off. Seems to be used by youngsters today:

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Note added at 6 mins (2009-03-31 17:26:53 GMT)
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sorry about the above. Or 'desolate' (although perhaps less used by youngsters today).

from google:
I feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similaires

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Note added at 8 mins (2009-03-31 17:28:53 GMT)
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or 'desolate' (although perhaps less used by youngsters of today)

I feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similaires

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Note added at 9 mins (2009-03-31 17:30:06 GMT)
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I feel devastated!Help please<IMG SRC="http://www.onlineclarity.co ... - [ Traduire cette page ]Hi Sirix, I'm sorry you feel devastated. To me it seems such a clear cut case of walk away from this guy and don't look back I don't even think you need to ...
www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?t=621 - 61k - En cache - Pages similairesr

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Note added at 57 mins (2009-03-31 18:18:39 GMT)
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thx. Praps 'am devastated' (mind you 'gutted' is shorter!)

ormiston
Local time: 06:05
Works in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
thanks for all suggestions - I used "I'm devastated"

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Carol Gullidge: could work in a txt msg
16 mins

agree  gsloane: How about "I'm devastated"? Text messages contain a lot of abbreviations.
28 mins

agree  sueaberwoman
34 mins

agree  silviantonia
1 hr

agree  Ingeborg Gowans (X)
2 hrs

agree  Marta Scott: I think both this and "gutted" are good - for me this has the edge in the unrequited love context. "I'm devastated" is possibly better though, as suggested above
2 hrs
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