Temiru – てみる – To try or experiment in Japanese

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Temiru - てみる means try or to experiment an action, it is often used after words and verbs. The word temiru comes from the verb 見る (miru) which literally means to see, to look, etc. But if this verb is used after another verb in the form te (て) it becomes “temiru” and gains this new meaning.

If you think logically, trying and experimenting is totally related to the verb see. First you will see if you are able to perform such an action, you will see if you can, that is to try.

It is also worth remembering that it is not necessary to write “temiru” using the kanji of the verb (miru) 見る, this may even confuse some novice reader and make him think that we are talking about the verb “see”.


Nihongo the oshiete mimasu.
I will try to teach Japanese.

Depending on the phrase, you can imply a different meaning, as if you were inviting the person to perform an action, example:

Kore tabete miru?
Want to try to eat?
It may imply: Want a bite?

Sukoshi kangaete mimasu.
I'll (try) think about it a little bit.

Temiru is a verb and can be conjugated! So you are able to use the "tai" shape to say: "I want to try". Not all phrases that have the expression “mitai” should be translated as Want to Try, but just want.

Yatte mitai.
I want to try!

Atte Mitai
I would like to (try) get to know you.

みんなを笑いの 渦 に巻き込んでみたい。
Minna o warai no uzu ni makikonde mitai.
I want (try) to put a smile on everyone's face.

Let's try different

There are several other conjugations of the verb “to see” like みせる which if used changes the phrase to “show” instead of trying. please note that temiru it's just one of many ways to say try and experiment.

We also have the verb tamesu (試す) which means to try, test, experiment, and is sometimes used in conjunction with temiru. But the verb tamesu it is used more to test or investigate something step by step. Used in conjunction with the verb temiru, it is pronounced kokoromiru and means to try or test the result / performance of the action. Examples:

Dassō o kokoromiru.
Try to escape. (from prison)

Nōryoku o tamesu.
Test capacity.

See other verbs that can mean try or try:

Rāmen o shishoku suru.
Try the ramen. (prove)

Kare wa zenryoku o tsukushita
He tried his best.

Video lessons

To finish and complement this article, we will leave a video lesson from Sensei Luiz Rafael along with phrases for you to study:

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Tsukatte miruto wakaru.
If you try to use it, you will understand.

使う (つかう) : use
わかる : understand

Tabete miru to, Shitau tte ita yori oishikatta.
When trying to eat, it tasted better than I thought.

食べる (たべる) : eat
思う (おもう) : think, find
より : more than
美味しい (おいしい) : Yummy

Sleep mondai wa hodoite miruto kantandeshita.
When trying to solve this problem, it was easy

その : this
問題 (もんだい) : problem, issue
解く (とく) : solve
簡単 (かんたん) : simple
でした : was

Don'na shigoto de moyatte miru kachigāru.
No matter what the job is, it is worth trying.

どんな : the type of
仕事 (しごと) : work
やってみる : try
価値 (かち) : value, merit
ある : to exist, to exist

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