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.
Yes, it should. In fact, I received an email yesterday that it was now, however, it still isn't.
This can also mean: Vanya, my younger brother? Or Vanya, my younger brother! Can someone comment.
For those surprised by the gender... Ваня ("Vanya") is often used as a nickname for Ivan in Russia.
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.