I'm guessing he phrased his question awkwardly and meant to ask whether there is any way to determine the gender of a noun in Russian just from looking at it. As I understand it, yes, there is.
The nominative case forms of masculine nouns generally end in a consonant, those of feminine nouns generally end in -а or -я, and those of neuter nouns generally end in -о, -ё, or -е. However, some nouns that end in a soft consonant are feminine, so the gender of nouns that end in a soft consonant has to be memorized. (However, all nouns that end in -жь, -шь, -чь, or -щь are feminine).