Is it possible to know a country without living in it? - Challenges

We wrote this article on behalf of all those who fall in love with another culture, language, customs and other things in a foreign country, they have a huge dream of knowing this country, but currently they are unable to go or live there. Our website talks about a specific country, Japan, but we decided to write this article covering all countries.

What do you need to do?

If you want to know a country, its culture, its language without having lived in it is simple. Just get involved with the culture! over the internet, through events, with foreign friends, following pages and websites, getting involved with the language you are really able to know the country, more than some who live in it.

Yes! It is possible to get involved with a country without living in it. The problems are the challenges faced. In the article we will talk about the challenges and criticisms we face, for liking and trying to expose a country without living in it. Let's make it clear that it is possible to have knowledge and be involved with any country without living in it. and encourage you to share all your knowledge about a foreign country without living in it.

Is it possible to know a country without living in it? - challenges

What do people say?

One of the biggest difficulties in getting involved with a country you’ve never lived in is the people's criticisms. Most Brazilians think that Brazil is a wonder and that other foreign countries are terrible, amazing and dangerous. It’s hard for you to reason with people who say if you go there you will regret that this or that happens there, and these people never took even 1 hour to search the internet about this country. Not to mention the cultural criticism that people without understanding speak of.

Still others say the Internet is a liar, but it has information from television and other people in mind. kkkkkkkkk T.T

Really liking a country, and getting deeper into its culture, is difficult due to criticism and a lack of respect for the country's culture and lifestyle. Unfortunately, those who are unable to go to the country, but deepen in their culture, will have to suffer criticism from those in Brazil and even from Brazilians living in that country.

As well? Know that if you are a person like me, who shares the culture of Japan on the internet, you will suffer comments even from Brazilians living in Japan. Exactly because you don't live there.

Is it possible to know a country without living in it? - challenges

Can I write, give my opinion, teach and recommend a country I have never lived in?

Sometimes we come across comments and criticisms: You have to live in the country to write about it! Do you live there to know? They are really annoying and unsubstantiated comments. Let's look at why you should ignore such comments.

Students of history, science, philosophy, religion and other topics. They dedicate their lives to studying such subjects, but it is impossible that they have lived the events that they write or study. Can they still have websites, write books and teach? What about someone who studies Japanese culture or the Japanese language? Can't share or give opinions just because you didn't live in the country? Know that there are thousands of famous sites on the internet with many authors who never wanted to set foot in the country and who are doing their utmost to make that dream come true, and writing is a way of approaching this dream.

On the other side, let's think about a Brazilian who works in a factory 12 hours a day with the objective of making a profit, without social life, without learn the language, without following customs and without having friendship with the natives. Does he have a good view of the country? We can see that some of these people have a bad view of the country and are the most critical. The people who live in the country and devote their time to delve into the country's culture have a happier and more cheerful tone.

Is it possible to know a country without living in it? - challenges

Can I learn the language without living in the country? Or have any offspring?

Continuing the previous topic, a proof that it is not necessary to live in the country to learn its culture and language, is Sensei Luiz Rafael from the Japanese Online Program. He has no descendants, and learned the language, and became a well-known teacher, in addition to fulfilling his dreams.

Luiz probably went through criticisms such as: This language is difficult, you have to be Asian to learn that language, you can't learn it living in Brazil. Would he have been able to fulfill his dreams if he had heard these zucchinis?

It really is easier to learn surrounded by people who speak the language, but don't let people make your dream impossible. You can very well be fluent in that language, without ever stepping in the country, and still work and live only on that.

Is it possible to know a country without living in it? - challenges

Thinking positive

One of the reasons for so much criticism is because some who get involved with foreign culture end up looking for failures instead of good things. All countries have shortcomings, should you focus on shortcomings? Or on the bright side? Suppose you enjoy some kind of entertainment, but there are many who consider it wrong, harmful. Or you like a movie or game, and others criticize this movie or game a lot. Are you going to stop doing something because others consider it bad? This is one of the big problems of forcing yourself on the bad side of things.

If you have been involved with another culture, it is good to know all the problems and difficulties. But you have to always think positive, and focus on the best, not the worst. Unfortunately there are people who only do this, one of the reasons for having so much criticism on the subject.


No matter what people say, the challenges you face, it is possible to get to know the country without living in it. On the internet you can find more content than living in your own country, of course you will have to know how to choose real content, and it will never be the same as being living in it. But for many who aim to live in some country, but unfortunately cannot afford it is possible to get involved with it. You can learn the language, create a website or Facebook page, chat with others about the country. Just ignore what some people say, and if you run behind, you will make your dreams come true.

Is that you? Because you like some country and get involved with culture, have you ever been criticized? Annoying comments? Difficulties? Leave your comment.

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1 thought on “É possível conhecer um país sem morar nele? – Desafios”

  1. A verdade é que não se pode saber tudo de um país ou cultura, mesmo morando lá. Você pode sim focar em alguns aspectos da realidade desse país.
    A maioria dos brasileiros que moram no Japão, estão lá trabalhando em fábricas.O círculo de quem tem a rotina de trabalhar 12 horas em linha de produção é um tanto limitado, praticamente a parte digamos marginal da sociedade. Enquanto que o ponto de vista de alguém que vai a turismo ou trabalhar numa área específica vai ser diferente.
    Os “otakus” vão ter a visão romântica através de animes e mangás. É uma fração da cultura japonesa representada por ficção (claro que há coisas baseadas na realidade também). ^-^
    Mas existe também o mundo do business, acadêmico e artístico, em que vemos a filosofia, tecnologia, festivais, obras literárias e artes.
    Eu morei lá por 10 anos e conheci a realidade mais dura e crua e sabia somente o básico do idioma. Mas hoje eu vejo que se tivesse um nível maior no idioma e principalmente fosse mais interessado em conviver com os japoneses minha experiência teria sido outra. Claro que tinha o lado financeiro e a meta de juntar dinheiro como muitos, mas enfim são escolhas e projetos diferentes.
    Hoje com a internet é possível aprender novos idiomas e ter a mesma visão que um blogger/vlogger em outra parte do mundo. Mas é importante conhecer tanto o lado positivo quanto o negativo. Eu acompanho o canal de um cara na Nova Zelândia que mora no Japão há um bom tempo e dá uma visão mais geral da situação da ásia:
    Conclusão: é possível conhecer UMA FACE DA REALIDADE de um país mesmo não morando nele.

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