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 ～.”
- [てform verb] はじめて…
I saw sumo wrestling for the first time when I went to Japan.
I ate Yuba (soy milk skin) for the first time when I stayed in an inn Kyoto.
Yesterday, I drank alcohol for the first time since I was born.
It wasn’t until I became a junior high school student that I was given a watch.
It wasn’t until I studied Japanese that I knew what I wanted to do.
It wasn’t until I heard this song that I fell in love with Mozart.
It wasn’t until I failed the exam that I decided to study more.
It wasn’t until the baby was born that I truly appreciated my parents.
It wasn’t until the power outage that I realized how much we are relying on electricity.
Only when you get sick can you understand the importance of good health.
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