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Decoded Slug: ~てはじめて (〜te hajimete)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~てはじめて (〜te hajimete)

~てはじめて (〜te hajimete)

Short explanation:

Express realization or action done for the first time; 'only after', 'not until'.


Verb-て form + はじめて


Kaigai ni itte hajimete, Nihon no yosa ga wakarimashita.
Only after going abroad, I understood the good points of Japan.
Kanojo to wakarete hajimete, kanojo no taisetsusa ni kizuita.
I realized how important she was to me only after we broke up.
Daigaku wo sotsugyou shite hajimete, gakusei jidai ga tanoshikatta koto ni kizuita.
I realized how fun my student days were only after I graduated from university.
Kodomo ga dekite hajimete, oya no aijou ga wakatta.
I understood my parents' love only after having my own child.

Long explanation:

The ~てはじめて grammar point is used to express that something is realized or done for the first time after a certain action or event occurred. It can be translated as 'only after' or 'not until' in English. The formation is straightforward: simply attach て-form of a verb with はじめて.

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