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I want to say that I am visiting a place (= Japan) for the first time.

The sentences that I am thinking of are:

  1. これは私に日本中を始まるです。
  2. 私が日本を始まるです。

Which one sounds more correct? I am only one year into Japanese but I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

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I think you can say...

[日本]{にほん}は[初]{はじ}めてです。
(Lit. As for Japan, this is (my) first time.)

OR

日本には初めて[来]{き}ました。
(Lit. To Japan, I came for the first time.)

OR

日本に[来]{く}るのは(これが)初めてです。
日本に[来]{き}たのは(これが)初めてです。
(This is the first time I've been in Japan.)

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Unfortunately, neither of those is correct, but you're on the right track. What you're looking for is [初]{はじ}めて instead of 始まる.

  • 日本(に・は・には)初めてです.

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