Oh. I was under the impression that Vanya was a female name. I guess just because it ended in "a".
A lot of Russian nicknames end in -а or -я, and often these short forms work for both male and female versions (Саша = Александр OR Александра).
Even though Ваня is a male name, it will decline like a female name due to the -я ending.
Sasha sounds female too if you're not familiar with the language
I know a Russian woman named Sasha.
Well, Sasha is a short form of both Alexander and Alexandra
I can't see any phonetical relationship between Sasha and Alexander! They look too different! How those russians make a short form that has no relationship with the original name?
Sounds like Dick and Richard
But nothing sound like alexander.alex yes,xander yes bet sacha!before i thought different person when a friend said sacha for alexander so i said:i do not know him
In Brazil Vanya is a female name.
In Greece, too.
In Germany as well
In Portugal too...by the way: male Ваня is short for what? Regards from Madeira Island
Pretty sure it's Ivan
Apparently, the umbrella academy agrees with you. But as a native Russian speaker, there are more Vanya males than females.
The same for me
Should "Vanya is my little brother" be accepted?
Yes, it should. In fact, I received an email yesterday that it was now, however, it still isn't.
Still isn't accepted :(
Still isn't accepted :(
Hello from 2017 :)
It is now!
Wait vanya is a dude?lol
It is both female and male name in Russia, as in few other Slavic languages.
Vanya - my younger brother. Isn't it a right translation???
For those surprised by the gender...
Ваня ("Vanya") is often used as a nickname for Ivan in Russia.
This can also mean: Vanya, my younger brother? Or Vanya, my younger brother! Can someone comment.
The hyphen is the notion of being descriptive. So, he 'is'.
Is there a way to know when to use the spelling " ... ий" just from hearing a word?
The audio often sounds very unnatural to the point of incorrect language, because nobody would intonate it like this, thus teaching in effect wrong language.
Agreed. It's especially about wrong stresses in words.
Vanya, my younger brother not accepted?
Vanya is a guy? Ive been living a lie!
Not accapted " Vania-my younger brother". I also wrote as like given form
I was also surprised... then I remembered Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"!
Apart from the gender confusion
Doesn't ( - ) replace (is) in everyday speech?
Vanya é muito feminino
Rsrs I agree
I thought she was saying 'мом' младший брат ... Grrrr!
Vanya is a bro tim is a dog tom is a cat .... what else? Ivan is a turtle ?!
Ivan is a type of grass as well. - Иван-чай.
I thought vanya was a girl name lol
Vanya is a boy's name?
Vanya can be sister not brother.
Vania es nombre de machito. Algo raro pasa acá. Ahhha