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I found this YouTube comment:


I'm not sure how to parse 覚­えてみたい. The context seems to make it have nothing to do with 覚る, and in any case the え 送り仮名 doesn't make a bit of sense with さとる. Is this a typo or some word not in my dictionary?

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Are you sure 覚{おぼ}える isn't in your dictionary? (Am I misunderstanding the question?) – snailplane May 13 '13 at 18:48
facepalm Why did I not get that it is that word...I guess I need to brush up on kanji readings again. Apparently Google Translate's rōmaji converter is confused too, and thinks 覚 is "satoru". – user54609 May 13 '13 at 20:17
@EricDong Interesting point about the 覚{さと}る reading, though :) – summea May 13 '13 at 20:26
@snailboat @summea For me, rikaikun also didn't recognize おぼえる in this particular line of text, though for those in the answers it worked well. Seems like some software fault. – firtree May 14 '13 at 7:42
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From the given sentence, it sounds like someone is talking about how he/she is wanting to learn (or memorize) the dance moves and choreography of a song by the singer that goes by the name "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu".

In this case,「みたい」is actually a form of the verb「みる」which can mean "to try". When 「みる」is attached to a verb, it simply means: "to try" + verb. So when another form of「みる」is attached to a verb, the meaning will still have something to do with the idea of "to try".

Here is a breakdown of where 覚{おぼ}えてみたい comes from, in this case:

覚{おぼ}える = to learn, to memorize

覚{おぼ}えてみる = [I] will try to learn (or memorize)

覚{おぼ}えてみたい = [I] want to try to learn (or memorize)

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覚­えてみたい = て-form of 覚える + みたい

I guess maybe I'm misunderstanding something about the question too.

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