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I watched Giorgos Alkaios, for the first time,at Eurovsion song contest and I have loved his song "Opa (Ωπα)" I wonder and i would like to learn the meaning of Opa (Ωπα) .I saw an English translation of this song but the word Opa (Ωπα) hasn't been translated.Can someone say me what does opa mean ?

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I asked a Greek girl I knew the same question, and she said it was just something to say. Just something like "oke" or "oh dear".
Hope this helps!

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In German it's Grandfather Smile

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Opa is an untranslatable Greek cheer of joy and positive energy. In the US, one will often hear it in Greek restaurants when the waiter brings out a plate of flaming saganaki (Greek σαγανάκι). They use a soft Greek cheese and at the last moment they pour a little brandy over it and light it immediately, and all at the table will shout "Opa!" It is quite delicious!

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Hello, Ahmet,

Berliner25 wrote:
Opa is an untranslatable Greek cheer of joy and positive energy.

This is right, because it became famous to the rest of the world during greek music, but there is some more aspekts:
- If you make a 'question' of it (Opa?) it means something like: "wooow, it's amazing how good is he/she/it/this!!!"
- In the few seconds after you 've realized that you 've maked a mistake or you 've leaved something fall down (and it will break) you can say in greece "opa" instead of "huh", "ah" or whatever else.
- and at last, but not at least "opa" is be used when someone is playing with a child (for example) when he makes the 'aeroplane' (for example, too) or if someone wants to put something at a (a bit difficult) place (to put something) (generally, to finish some works), then maybe he says "opa" and he mean something between "Here you are!!" and "Ta-daaaa!".
- In some combination with other words it can means something like "ok, now you can see, I told you that it will be happen!!!" or "Oh, look, what happens!"

You see "opa" is not only in the songs, but it escort the greeks in their everyday life.

Berliner25 wrote:
In the US, one will often hear it in Greek restaurants when the waiter brings out a plate of flaming saganaki (Greek σαγανάκι). They use a soft Greek cheese and at the last moment they pour a little brandy over it and light it immediately, and all at the table will shout "Opa!" It is quite delicious!

This is very interesting, I didn't knew this. Here you can see that greeks (and their "opa") are generally sympathic to the rest of the world and how greeks professionals are using this situation in their selling-strategy. In the state it maybe become to a ritual. In Europe everybody may tell "opa" (for joke) when a greek is near (in friendly atmosphere).
I'm sorry for my badly english, but I gived my best and I hope I've helped you to understand better.

Greetings
Marinos

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Hello Naomi,Mauler,berliner25 and marinos25
thank you for your explanations...

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"Opa" is also used in Slavic languages where it means - "Wow, good, let's go dance" Smile

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You’re right ! depending the way you pronounce it, it has different meanings, for instance, you’re surprised, or waiting for more explanation about something you’re told and so on. In some way, it means like the Spanish word “ OLE “ !

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Interesting aspects...

LeonaCro wrote:
"Opa" is also used in Slavic languages where it means - "Wow, good, let's go dance" :)

like in greece ...
jem wrote:
You’re right ! depending the way you pronounce it, it has different meanings, for instance, you’re surprised, or waiting for more explanation about something you’re told and so on. In some way, it means like the Spanish word “ OLE “ !

yes, this is a very good example!

... and I wonder once again how similar we people all over the world are!!! (and I think that I found only the top of the ice-mountain) Shock :biggrin:

Actually, here in Turkey, we also use this word as "hopa or hoppa".
Examples:
From folk song - Kalenin bedenleri
"Kalenin bedenleri, koyverin gidenleri,...
...Hopa nina ninna nay, nina nay ninna nay
Yandım nina ninna nay, nina nay ninna nay";

From Barış Manço's song - Süleyman:
"Bizim köyden bir deli oğlan
Yıllar önce gurbete gitti Süleyman
Bir de duyduk öğrendik ki
Büyük şehirde büyük adam olmuş Süleyman
..........
Vur davulcu eline üşenme, hoppa
Çal zurnacı diline üşenme, hoppa".