i speak Arabic, English and i am intermediate in french ' basically written language', i enhanced my English from beginner level to fluent basically by reading , now i am working as an English translator. i owe a lot to the gradual reading, and i mean by it 'to begin with simple texts and to gradually develop and increase your vocabulary to finally reach a very advanced level in the targeted language. considering that i focus on the written language because i adore reading in foreign language, i struggle with developing my language in my country ' all i need is gradual books like abridged novels which classified in various levels, but you can find the books in all levels in my country 'Egypt' but it is all about English, English became the center of the universe and any other language is neglected and suffer a lack in resources and material. i struggle with french and i can't find any books but so advanced ones or kindergarten little books. the web is suck too, in the view that i seek free resources. can any one help. or give me a good advice.
thank you very much but how can i reach the abridged stories, is there any?
To start, you can go through all the French stories here.
There are series of graded readers that can be bought, or some of the old ones can be found as files online--books like simiplified Jules Verne stories, etc. You could also move on from bookbox to something easy like these stories, which may be too simple for you, but they do have audio, or something like "Le magicien d'Oz", which is no quite so easy.
Your method is similar to how I learned to read French. Rather than Duolingo this book provided an introduction, then I read an abridged version of a Jules Verne novel, then moved on to an unadapted novel by him. This method works just fine. The adapted book is online (I saw it years ago in Google books), but I have not managed to find it for you yet.
If bookbox does not suit you, the fairy tales are too childish, or if you find the Oz book too difficult, write to me (on my Duolingo "stream") and we can look for something else.