Spanish Alphabet, Language, Pronunciation and Facts
- Spanish alphabet has 27 letters. In 1994, the Royal Spanish Academy removed two letters (ch and ll) from the the alphabet, making it 27 letters instead of 29.
- Spanish first started to appear in writing in the form of notes and glosses in Latin religious texts, the Glosas Emilianenses, dating from the 11th century. During the 12th century, law codes (Fueros) were being translated into Spanish.
- The Spanish language is written using the Latin alphabet, along with a few special characters : the vowels with an acute accent (a, e, i, o, u), the vowel u with diaeresis, and n.
- Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world.
Guernica is a Cubist painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) which was painted as a representation of the horrors of war after the Nazi bombing on the Spanish town of Guernica in April 1937. Guernica is a very large painting, measuring 3.5 meters in height and 7.8 meters in width. The painting is painted in oil and in monochrome colors of black, grey and white. Pablo Picasso was one of the most prolific artists of all time, he produced 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 2,880 ceramics, 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. Guernica is the most famous painting of all time.
The Three Musicians (1921)
Sir Alexander Fleming
Penicillin is the most powerful antibiotics, and was discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) who saved the life of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1955) with penicillin.