Sometimes I use "I told you so" to express similar meaning, but this is more often used in the scenario where someone didn't listen to another's warning, not the other way around. I want to know if there's any expression for this?

Example: Peter has never played football before. John told him it's fun a lot of times, but he rejected that and said it's a stupid game. But he accidentally joined a football match one day and immediately fell in love with it.

Are there any other phrases or idioms that John can say to Peter?

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    I'm more interested in how someone accidentally joins a football match. – KillingTime Sep 29 '19 at 11:22
  • @KillingTime you might have thought it was a scrabble match or something. – marcellothearcane Sep 29 '19 at 11:29
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    'Don't knock it till you've tried it' is ballpark. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 29 '19 at 13:43
  • @Justin Ballpark is close but no cigar. This advice is "Why don't you give it a go!" not "I told you you'd like it / We told them they'd like it", and OP has asked for the latter. // "See!" is closer, but too short to offer on ELU. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 29 '19 at 13:57

Watching the movie after initially disliking it, I immediately came to appreciate its greatness.

Watching the movie after initially disliking it, it's greatness immediately grew on me.

From The Free Dictionary:

appreciate: to recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of

grow on: to become increasingly liked or appreciated by you

You could also say -

  • You can come round to their point of view (i.e. change your opinion).

  • You can also take a shine to something (not just people).

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    Always the classic, It grew on me ... Like a fungus! – David M Sep 29 '19 at 12:46

to blossom forth TFD an idiom

  • Lit. [for a plant] to burst into flower. All the trees blossomed forth at the same time. Each spring my tulips blossom forth in all
    their glory.
  • Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop or grow quickly.

As in:

He accidentally joined a football match one day and his interest in the game blossomed forth.

And for John's reply to the event unfolding:

John says to Peter: So, I see your interest in football has blossomed.


Despite: He had a great time, despite his initial pessimism.

Or, "The pie was good, despite the first, last, and every slice in between." (added for levity)

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