Please provide some translations (not literal) that capture the true spirit of

그래야 비로소

Google translates it That's it.

Daum's best combines the two for a very awkward Only if one does that + not.

I'm really interested in what someone with a good feel of both languages would offer as some options - with a phrase like this, there must be a dozen ways to say No way jose or Not on your life (or are those two appropriate candidates?)

Ah, and I suppose an example sentence is always helpful, eh?

그래야 비로소 우리의 삶에 하나님이 원하시는 열매가 열리기 시작한다.

Note: the suggested phrase does not have to "fit well" into the example sentence, but should capture the feeling well, even if the sentence's literal translation has to be significantly reworded - I'm trying to capture that emotion, not the literalism

  • Incidentally, since this translation is due asap, I'm turning this version in as the translation for that sentence: I mean, that's all there is to it, and only then will the fruit that God wants us to produce begin to appear. Feb 3, 2017 at 20:32

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I believe the phrase if only and only then finally fits well.

무엇인가 해야 (하다 + 그래야) 비로소 무언가를 이룰 수 있다.

We must do something. If only and only then we can finally achieve something (we have been longing for).

  • nice! that's a good one Feb 3, 2017 at 20:41
  • @Catomic has a good answer, too. i'm choosing this one since "if only" imbibes the 그래야 perhaps a smidgen better than "not till then", though i have given +1 to catomic for the elevation emotion; good stuff! Feb 10, 2017 at 14:02

As you say, I think the business of 'spirit capturing' is easier done for sentences than phrases. How about:

Not till then shall our lives begin to bear such fruit as shall please the Lord.

By itself '비로소' might have the feel of 'thenceforward' (in terms of elevation).

I am afraid 'that's all there is to it' (from your comments) would not do for two reasons.

  • It emphasizes the sufficiency of the thing suggested (as if nothing else were needed). '비로소' however emphasizes the necessity of the thing.

  • It is low register while '비로소' is high (even slightly archaic).


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