Thanks to those of you who ventured replies to my last post. Here are the “right” answers. 🙂
The lady from church was very upset and mad at someone else, and the friend was telling her to calm down. Think of our expression, “boiling mad.” If you were boiling mad and someone poured cold water on that boiling madness, you’d calm down. Here, if you have a cold heart it’s a good thing, since it means you don’t have lots of heated anger. If you have a hot heart, well, just think of being hot-headed in English.
The fact that I was told I was a person and acted like a person was a huge compliment! I had gone to visit someone that morning, and when asked why, I said that it had been a long time since I had been to see her so wanted to stop by and say hi. That is a very good thing here. In fact, people are very glad if you stop over uninvited, even if it’s during a meal. They’d prefer you stop over uninvited than that you invite them over. So I had gone over there, and that’s what people who care about people do, so I was told that I was a person and acted like a person. Yay!