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~てはじめて

~てはじめて
~てはじめて

Today’s Grammar Point: ~てはじめて

はじめて means “for the first time.” It can be used after a てform and that means for the first time after ~. If the emphasis is on the latter half of the sentence, it can mean “… not until ~.”

Connections

  • [てform verb] はじめて…

Examples

日本にほんってはじめて相撲すもうた。
I saw sumo wrestling for the first time when I went to Japan.

京都きょうと旅館りょかんとままってはじめて、湯葉ゆばべた。
I ate Yuba (soy milk skin) for the first time when I stayed in an inn Kyoto.

昨日きのうまれてはじめて、おさけんだ。
Yesterday, I drank alcohol for the first time since I was born.

中学生ちゅうがくせいになってはじめて、腕時計うでどけいってもらった。
It wasn’t until I became a junior high school student that I was given a watch.

日本語にほんご勉強べんきょうしてはじめて、自分じぶんのしたいことがわかった。
It wasn’t until I studied Japanese that I knew what I wanted to do.

このきょくいてはじめて、モーツアルトがきになった。
It wasn’t until I heard this song that I fell in love with Mozart.

試験しけんちてはじめて、もっと勉強べんきょうしようとおもった。
It wasn’t until I failed the exam that I decided to study more.

あかぼうまれてはじめて、おやのありがたみがわかった。
It wasn’t until the baby was born that I truly appreciated my parents.

停電ていでんになってはじめて、どんなに電気でんきたよっているかわかった。
It wasn’t until the power outage that I realized how much we are relying on electricity.

病気びょうきになってはじめて、健康けんこう大切たいせつさがわかる。
Only when you get sick can you understand the importance of good health.

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