JLPT N3 Grammar (te hajimete)


not until; only after [x] did I

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Verb (てform)はじめて
te hajimete てはじめて jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: 【てはじめて】(te hajimete). Meaning: not until; only after [x] did I~.

はじめて (hajimete) literally means ‘first time’. So this pattern basically expresses after doing [A], for the first time I did [B].

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Example #1

nihon ni kite hajimete raamen o tabeta.
I had never eaten ramen before coming to Japan.
Example #2

nihongo o benkyou shite hajimete, benkyou no tanoshisa ga wakatta.
Only after I started studying Japanese did I realize the joys of studying.
Example #3

shiken ni ochite hajimete, chanto benkyou shinaito ikenai to omotta.
I felt like I really needed to start studying seriously after failing that exam.
Example #4

sensei ni oshiete itadaite hajimete, puroguramingu no omoshirosa ga wakarimashita.
I didn’t realize how interesting programming was until my teacher taught me.
Example #5

kaigai ni itte hajimete, jibun no sekai no semasa o shitta.
Only after going abroad, did I realize how small my world was.
Example #6

jibun no kodomo ga dekite hajimete, otona ni natta ki ga shita.
I did not feel like I had become an adult until I had my own child.
Example #7

haisha ni itte hajimete, mushiba ga aru koto o shitta.
I didn't know I had a cavity until I went to the dentist.
Example #8

shakaijin ni natte hajimete, sekininkan o motsu you ni natta.
I didn't feel a sense of responsibility until I became a working adult.

Vocabulary List

勉強べんきょうstudies; to study
楽しさたのしさenjoyment; fun
分かったわかったto understand
自分のじぶんのone's own
狭させまさnarrowness; smallness
知ったしったto know
気がするきがするto feel
試験しけんtest; exam
落ちるおちるto fail; to fall

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