"Sorry, are you Vanya?"

Translation:Извини, ты Ваня?

November 3, 2015



Should allow for the "polite" manner of address, извините, вы.

November 3, 2015


It would sound quite ambiguous. Vanya is a diminutive.

July 6, 2018


I'm sure there are more than zero people whose names are actually Ваня and not Иван. So it isn't necessarily diminutive.

August 7, 2019


"vanya" is like a "pet name" ...never ever say these short names ending in "ya" or "a" unless you know the person closely and have been permitted by them to do so. Some people tell everyone to call them by their 'short names' but it's culturally unacceptable to use them unless previously permitted.

павел - паша

александр - саша

иван - ваня

николаи - коля


note: some non-native russian names don't have a short name (короткая имя) so you don't have to stress on them

August 26, 2019


They are classified as the diminutive form.

Some people are given the diminutive form at birth by their parents. (at least in the English speaking world) People whose real names are in the diminutive form can expect more informality when being addressed no matter what their status. Their given name will invite it.

Duo is trying to teach to ordinary situations as much as possible given the limited vocabulary and the need to teach new constructions.

August 7, 2019


I would suggest this question is poorly composed. The informal nickname Ваня is used, so I understand that they authors want the student to use Извини in the sentence. However, Asking who someone is implies that they are unknown to the person making the inquiry and that requires the formal manner of address. Either вы and ивините should be accepted, or the question should be re-written to imply a familiar situation.

April 15, 2018


Agreed. Either it should be less ambiguous, or both ты and вы should be accepted.

August 31, 2018


For me it is a formal situation when you don't know the person... a friend of you refers you to his friend and he tells you go see Ваня. You won't speak to him in an informal way as you don't personnaly know him...

January 10, 2016


This is how you would address a child if you do not know him.

May 3, 2018


Perhaps. That seems a likely possibility as far as pronoun and verb form choices. That said, I question whether one would refer to a child by their short name if they didn't know them. In that case, I suspect we'd see «Иван» and not «Ваня».

May 3, 2018


I've wrote: "извините, вы Ваня ?" which is correct, but it doesn't accepted.

December 16, 2016


And still not accepted a year later 19 Apr 2018. Reported.

April 21, 2018


I mean, using the formal вы with the nickname Ваня, which is a diminutive... :/

July 6, 2018


In Kazakhstan, I was introduced to an adult whose name is Vanya; I certainly wouldn't have used the informal formal.

August 13, 2019


Тем не менее, вариант "вы" должен присутствовать. Либо уточнить при вопросе, что вопрос неофициальный.

December 13, 2015


извините, вы ваня

Not accepted 21 Apr 2018. Reported.

Moderators should consider the fact that you shouldn't be calling someone by an informal diminutive or nickname if you don't know their name or who they are in the first place. At the very least, this is a strange, ambiguous mix of formal and informal, so that all forms of formality/informality should be accepted.

April 21, 2018


I agree. German also has formal and informal and a college professor once told us that when a choice is ambiguous, always choose the formal. You will never offend someone by being formal especially when they know you are a foreigner. You WILL offend people by being too informal.

July 1, 2018


Except when talking to your spouse.

August 13, 2019


So, given the fact that Ваня is a diminutive for Иван. I wonder (just for curiosity) if that's 100% of the times, meaning that: is Ваня not truthly a name? No one's named like that as their official name in their driver's license for example?

November 7, 2018


My choice, "простите, вы ваня?" should really have been allowable.

June 18, 2017


I'm not so sure. Vanya is a diminutive...

July 6, 2018


I don't think trick questions where i need to know variations of a Russian name (Ivan) to pick up a clue that it is informal helps a beginner. Some of these questions are getting really annoying. If I don't know somebody I'll always use formal

November 21, 2018


What is wrong with "Извините, вы Ваня?" Nothing is wrong with uit according to either Google or Yandex translate.

July 1, 2018


It's correct, but it's sort of ambiguous since Vanya is a diminutive...

July 6, 2018


Извините, вы Ваня? Why it is considered wrong?!!

April 20, 2019


There is already considerable discussion posted on this page that deals with your question.

April 21, 2019


прости ты Ваня should be accepted

April 30, 2019


"Извините, Вы - Ваня?"

Правильный вариант. Должен быть принят. Русский мой родной язык. Обращение к незнакомому человеку должно быть на Вы. Даже при употреблении имени Ваня""вместо официального Иван.

Correct option. Must be accepted. Russian is my mother tongue. Addressing a stranger should be spoken respectfully "Вы". Even if we say Vanya but not Ivan.

May 18, 2019


Прости, ты Ваня?

July 15, 2019


I can wtite in english a million different ways, but Duolingo demands that you write in Russian, incorrectly, and in only they way they say so.

August 5, 2019


Perhaps you could explain what you are talking about.

August 6, 2019


I also think both solutions should be accepted!

August 18, 2019


No context, should allow the polite manner of address.

August 23, 2019


Is извините or простите more accurate in this situation?

December 22, 2015


As stated above "Vanya" is an informal appeal, so generally, we would say "извини/прости", but if one asks such a question, it means he doesn't know a person. And it will be better to say "извините/простите"

January 6, 2016


How can you be informal with someone whose name you don't even know?

This point indicates that there is a logical error in this sentence.

April 21, 2018


Maybe when you're talking to a child...

July 6, 2018


Простите ваня

May 11, 2018
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