It turns out the Linguaphone course I was gifted is a bit of a Frankenstein!
The Handbook is the russet and gold 3rd generation without oral exercises.
The other two books (the coursebook and written exercises) are not russet-and-gold, but are dark blue hardcovers in white dust covers with an Italian flag, which is the version with oral exercises. Strangely, not only is there no oral exercise book, but the russet-and-gold Handbook was inside a white dust jacket-with-Italian-flag, which seems to not be one it belonged in from a perusal of this thread!
The cassettes (which are pretty easy to digitize these days with a plethora of options) are the version with the oral exercises too. However, the oral exercises are all just on the 4th tape (out of 4 total), so I skipped converting that one.
It seems this was the plus version, but the oral exercise books and original Handbook were misplaced, and the seller on ebay decided to combine with another partial course to complete it. It works since it is just an amalgamation of all the same things without the oral exercise books. It is just strange and I am curious how the combination came to be, especially considering the russet and gold book is in a dust jacket that matches the other books.
Anyway, editing Linguaphone audio is substantially less work than an Assimil course. The audio overall also seems much closer to proper speed than Assimil, though still not quite there. However, after fiddling with the cassettes and solving the mystery of the seemingly mismatched books and editing the audio, I am kind of sick of looking at Linguaphone for the moment, and will be setting it aside for a couple weeks before coming back to it
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Lysander wrote:It is just strange and I am curious how the combination came to be, especially considering the russet and gold book is in a dust jacket that matches the other books.
I guess the previous owner had an incomplete set and bought the missing parts separately.
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