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Does "hej" mean hello?


Polebilly 2 | 4  
8 Sep 2009 /  #1
What does the word hej in the song hej sokoły or in hej bistra woda mean?
Sasha 2 | 1,083  
8 Sep 2009 /  #2
Does "hej" mean hello?

In Swedish - it does. :)
mvefa 5 | 591  
8 Sep 2009 /  #3
In dutch too ;)
mafketis 21 | 7,373  
8 Sep 2009 /  #4
What does the word hej in the song hej sokoły or in hej bistra woda mean?

bystra

as for hej, it's more a way of calling to someone to get their attention more than a greeting.

In modern Polish 'halo' (hallo?) works the same way, getting the attention of someone whose name you don't know.

hej is actually used more as a goodbye but usually not on its own. Often Polish people will string together three or more expressions when saying goodbye "na razie, cześć, pa, hej"
asik 2 | 220  
10 Sep 2009 /  #5
What does the word hej in the song hej sokoły or in hej bistra woda mean?

hej, here it means hello
sokoły , plural form of sokół and it's a bird, falcon/s

hey bystra woda = hello rapid (fast flowing) water

In general, Polish hej is similar to English hi
OP Polebilly 2 | 4  
10 Sep 2009 /  #6
Thanks. I get it now.
beazee - | 31  
10 Sep 2009 /  #7
but still "Hej, sokoły" or "hej, bystra woda" does not mean "bye, falcons/water" or "hi, falcons/water".

It's just "Hey!" with no meaning.
Just for the sake of sounding.

Listen to the proper way of singing that song and you'll realise that without "Hej!" it is a completely different song :)
frd 7 | 1,399  
10 Sep 2009 /  #8
It's just "Hey!" with no meaning.

Naaaah, if you followed the lyrics you'd have noticed that as somebody already mentioned "Hey" is there to get the attention of these "falcons", something like "oi". And just after it there's " avoid mountains, forests and pits.." So it was used to get attention before giving advice...
beazee - | 31  
10 Sep 2009 /  #9
something like "oi". " avoid mountains, forests and pits.."

Good point! Well done.

And what about that "bystra woda"? is it still "oi"? :)
frd 7 | 1,399  
10 Sep 2009 /  #10
I was refering to "Hey Sokoły" not "Hej Bystra Woda", in Bystra Woda it seems it has no meaning, but maybe it has a similar meaning, in the first verse the girls is trying to get the attention of the creak, dark forest and a mountain peak trying to ask them where her beloved "Janicek" is. Later further along the song they all exchanging information ; ) so they are using Hej in the same manner. But generally from what I heard Highlander specifically use Hej in songs to add a certain melody, impact with an exclamation mark.
nana - | 40  
11 Sep 2009 /  #11
in my opinion it's just a call. like a "Hey you!"
in this case it doeasn't mean "hi/hello"
OP Polebilly 2 | 4  
11 Sep 2009 /  #12
Now I think I've got it. It's like in New York when a person says yo!
frd 7 | 1,399  
11 Sep 2009 /  #13
It may be a welcoming "hi/yo" it may be "hey/oi" to get somebody's attention and it might be just a random shout during a song ; )

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