God kväll would be used from around 5-6 PM and forward, while God natt would strictly be used right before going to sleep.
"Ikväll" means "tonight". Therefore, saying "god ikväll" would be like saying "good tonight" :) Only "God kväll" would make sense.
@Jungla3 oh förlat, i've taken a break from swedish and i guess i started mixing things up ;-) tack!
If it helps, "middag" meaning "dinner" could be associates with "god natt," which "kväll" could be associated with "kvällsmat" which is an evening meal PRIOR to dinnertime. :-)
I would say that 'god kväll' is not used so often in Swedish, in the evening people use 'hej' etc instead. 'God natt' is used like 'good bye before sleep'.
Is it just me or is 'god' pronounced 'good', with a 'oo' sound? Should it be like this?
As far as I'm aware, there are some words in Swedish, that have the short "oo" in the English word, that are pronounced like that ... for example "bok" (english "book").
I entered 'goodnight,' and it says that I missed a space. When the term is being used to wish someone a good night, it is not uncommon for it to be spelt as one word.
There are non-standard forms that are, as you rightly say, not uncommon - after all, only a computer would be rude enough to pick someone up for such a small thing, so as a native speaker, you would never be corrected once you had left school. The standard English form is with a space. :)
Untrue. Goodnight without a space is perfectly acceptable in British English, as the Oxford and other dictionaries will corroborate.
Agreed - it is perfectly acceptable. Dictionaries are no longer trying to arbitrate about "correct" and "incorrect" versions, but to record what is used: there is nothing intrinsically correct or logical about either version. There are people who will argue about "correctness" (https://jasondrexler.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/say-good-night-to-goodnight/), but I'm not one of them.
Oxford includes both forms; Cambridge only includes the form with the space. It is worth being aware that the form without the space is not yet accepted as standard by all authorities, but it is clearly gaining ground.
The audio (where you say the words) did not pick up my "natt", and I repeated it more than once in case my volume was low since it didn't move on as it usually does. :(
Does the pronunciation of "natt" resemble that of German as in "nacht"? I think heard a slight "c" but I'm not sure
I like that this can easily be 'tasty night'. I know you probably couldn't use it in this scenario, but it's funny.