To say "Japanese language school" in Japanese, sentences 1 and 2 can be used? or they have different meanings because of the use of particle 'の' (sentence 2)?

  1. [日本語]{にほんご}[学校]{がっこう} (nihongo gakkou)

  2. [日本語]{にほんご}[学校]{がっこう} (nihongo no gakkou)

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    「日本語学校」「日本語の学校」 って "sentence" ? – Chocolate Aug 12 '18 at 3:55

Both are correct and both have the same meaning.

The only small difference would be that 「日本語{にほんご}学校{がっこう}」 would look/sound a tiny bit more informal than 「日本語学校」.

The use of 「の」 often makes the phrase more informal.

「日本{にほん}の政府{せいふ}」 is more informal than 「日本政府」 though both mean "the Japanese government".

  • So it would be similar with english given that the particle 'の' can be translated to 'of'. In this case the translation would be: *sentence 1. Japanese language school. *sentence 2. School of japanese language. right? – Lua Aug 12 '18 at 15:49

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