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, 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”.


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:

Kore tabete miru?
Want to try to eat?
Can you understand: Want a bite?

Sukoshi Kangaete Mimasu.
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 contain the expression “mitai” should be translated as Wanting to Try, but just wanting.

Yatte mitai.
I want to try!

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。
Minna o warai no uzu ni makikonde mitai.
I want to (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 that if used changes the sentence to “show” instead of trying. 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:

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

Nōryoku or tamesu.
Test the ability.

See other verbs that can mean try or try:

Rāmen or shishoku suru.
Try the ramen. (to test)

Kare wa zenryoku o tsukushita
He tried his best.

Video lessons

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


Tabete miru to, Shitau tte ita yori oishikatta.
When I tried to eat it, it was tastier than I thought.

食べる(たべる):to eat
思う(おもう):think, find
より:more than

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

問題(もんだい):problem, question

Don'na shigoto by moyatte miru kachigaru.
No matter what the job is, it's worth a try.

どんな:the type of
価値(かち):value, merit
ある:have, exist

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