Try - てみる - To try or experiment in Japanese

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Temiru - てみる means "to try" in English. 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, look, etc. But if this verb is used after another verb in the form te (て) it becomes “temiru” and takes on this new meaning.

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

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 a novice reader and make him think that we are talking about the verb “to see”.

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Examples: 

日本語を教えてみます.
Nihongo oshiete mimasu.
I will try to teach Japanese.

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

これ食べてみる?
Do you want to try this?
Want to try to eat?
Can you understand: Want a bite?

少し考えてみます.
I'll think about it for a moment.
I will (try to) think about it a bit.

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

やってみたい。
I want to try.
I want to try!

会ってみたい
even mitai
I would like to (try, experience) meet you.

みんなを笑いの 渦 に巻き込んでみたい。
I want to try getting caught up in the whirlpool of laughter with everyone.
I want to (try to) put a smile on everyone's face.

let's try different

There are several other conjugations of the verb "ver" such as みせる which if used changes the sentence to "show" instead of try. please note that temiru it's just one of the many ways to say try and try.

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

脱走を試みる.
Dassō or kokoromiru.
Try to escape. (from prison)

能力を試す.
Nōryoku or tamesu.
Test the ability.

See other verbs that can mean try or try:

ラーメンを試食する。
Rāmen or shishoku suru.
Try the ramen. (to test)

彼は全力を尽くした
He gave it his all
He tried his best.

Video lessons

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SENTENCES OF THIS CLASS

使ってみるとわかる。
When you try it, you'll understand.
If you try to use it, you will understand.

使う(つかう):usar
わかる:entender

食べてみると、思っていたより美味しかった。
When I tried eating it, it was more delicious than I expected.
When I tried to eat it was tastier than I thought.

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

その問題は解いてみると簡単でした。
Sono mondai wa today miruto kantandeshita.
When trying to solve this problem, it was easy

その:esse
問題(もんだい):problem, question
解く(とく):resolver
簡単(かんたん):simples
でした:foi

どんな仕事でもやってみる価値がある。
Don'na shigoto de moyatte miru kachigāru.
No matter what the job is, it's worth a try.

どんな:the type of
仕事(しごと):trabalho
やってみる:tentar
価値(かち):value, merit
ある:have, exist

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