You could tell I was one of them. The hole-punched cards hanging from a steel ring on my belt loop gave me away.
I was an ancient language student.
The cards were my flashcards, and I didn’t go anywhere without them: to class, to the student dining room, to the dorm, to the movies, even to weddings. I would flip through them whenever I had a spare moment.
I had to, because learning a new language requires discipline and perseverance. Even after you’ve conquered the grammatical and syntactical intricacies of the language, you still need to add more (and more) words to your vocabulary storehouse—and somehow maintain what you’ve already learned.
While flashcards were helpful, I found they weren’t enough. I needed a better way to learn new words and reinforce the words I already knew.