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Decoded Slug: Noun にして初めて (Noun nishite hajimete)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Noun にして初めて (Noun nishite hajimete)

Noun にして初めて (Noun nishite hajimete)

Short explanation:

Expresses 'only when/after... for the first time'.


Noun + にして初めて


Otona ni shite hajimete, oya no kurou ga wakatta.
Only when I became an adult, I understood my parents' struggles for the first time.
Nihon ni itte hajimete, Nihon no bunka no subarashi-sa wo jikkan shita.
Only when I went to Japan, I truly appreciated the beauty of Japanese culture for the first time.
Daigaku wo sogyou shite hajimete, gakusei jidai no taisetsu sa ni kizuita.
Only when I graduated from university, I realized the importance of my student life for the first time.
Jibun no kodomo ga dekite hajimete, oya ni naru muzukashisa wo kanjita.
Only after having my own child, I felt the difficulty of becoming a parent for the first time.

Long explanation:

The phrase Noun にして初めて is used to express a sense of realization or experience that only came about or was felt after a certain time or event. In English, it could be translated to 'only when/after... for the first time'.

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