Soon my girlfriend and I will be traveling around Asia/Oceania for a year and normally before travelling I will learn some of the local language. I have a little bit of a formula of the stuff that I normally learn such as "can I have", greetings, days of the week, numbers 1-100 and a few other things.
With the sheer amount of countries we'll be traveling to (over 13) it's sadly a little unrealistic, my initial thoughts were maybe technology has progressed enough to fill this gap. With google translate I could translate between English/Dutch/French into the local language and then have them read it. While this is nice in certain locations, others such as China and the more remote regions of countries we'll be traveling to this isn't very feasible.
What alternatives do we have or how could we approach this problem so we can better communicate with locals and people during our travels?