Japanese grammar ~はじめて hajimete

Japanese grammar ~はじめて hajimete

Let’s learn Japanese grammar ~はじめて hajimete :

JLPT level : N3

Formation :

Vて+はじめて

Meaning and how to use :

until something happened, then we realize a fact that we have never thought about before. Mean “It was/is not until”

For example

労働して苦労してはじめて、労働者の大変さに気を付きました。
Roudou shi te kurou shi te hajime te, roudou sha no taihen sa ni ki o tsuki mashi ta.
It’s not until I work hard that i understand how hard worker have to work.

親になって初めて、親の愛が分かりました。
oya ni natte hajimete, oya no ai ga wakari mashi ta.
It was not until I became parent that I realized their love.

この本を読んで初めて、作家の意見が全部分かります。
kono hon o yon de hajimete, sakka no iken ga zenbu wakari masu.
It was not until I read this book that i fully understood the author’s thought.

日本語を勉強して始めて、日本についていろいろないいことを知りました。
nihongo o benkyou shi te hajime te, nippon nitsuite iroiro na ii koto o shiri mashi ta.
Only after learning Japanese, I explored so many wonderful things of Japan

彼に出会って初めて、愛の大切さを知りました
kare ni deatte hajimete, ai no taisetsu o shiri mashi ta
It was not until I met him that I realized the important of love.

Note : After して初めて do not use causative forms

Related structures :

above is Japanese grammar ~はじめて hajimete. if you don’t understand the signs we used in fomation, you can find their meaning here : signs used in Japanese grammar structures.

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