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    I am afraid of the cold?

    Is it natural to say "I am afraid of the cold"? I know that there are several ways of saying the same sentence, though. For example, I can't stand/bear/take the cold, I feel the cold more, I feel the cold a lot, and The cold bothers me. I ask this question because it seems to me that "I am afraid of the cold" is Chinese English. Thank you a lot.

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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    It sounds unnatural to me. I can understand people being afraid of certain weather phenomena (tornadoes, for example), but I've never heard of anyone being afraid of the cold. They might not like it and they might feel uncomfortable but is it scary? I don't think so. Of course, if someone were heading somewhere which has abnormally low temperatures, the idea of being in those temperatures might scare them.
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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    If the OP is thinking about 怕冷 in his/her native language, I would liberally translate it as 'to be sensitive to cold'.

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    "I am afraid of the cold" is Chinese English.
    It is Chinglish.
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    #4

    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    I feel the cold (badly) would work in English as a natural translation to me.

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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    'This plant is sensitive to cold.'
    'This plant feels the cold badly.'

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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    You are right.

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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    Well, apparently there is such a thing as frigophobia, fear of the cold. It's worth noting however that it supposedly (as far as one can trust Wikipedia) has links to hypochondria and OCD.

    I doubt that's the context the OP is trying to use the phrase in, however.

    There are also dictionary entries for cheimatophobia as well as cryophobia, the latter being more a fear of the manifestations of cold - ice and frost.
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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    There are people who have medical reasons to fear cold. Two examples would be people with Raynaud's disease and Raynaud's phenomenon. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...s/con-20022916

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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    Wouldn't a Raynaud's sufferer be more likely to say something like "I'm afraid of getting cold" rather than "I'm afraid of the cold"?
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    Re: I am afraid of the cold?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Well, apparently there is such a thing as frigophobia, fear of the cold.
    The thread title is simply a literal translation from the OP's native language, and that has nothing to with the above thing.
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