Anonymous asked: Hello :) is it part of the Egyptian Arabic accent to sometimes nasalize the long "aa" sound? Like با، تا، يا، ثا etc. I'm just curious cause my mom says the long "aa" sound like an "aw" sound or short "o" sound but then again she's not Arab & neither am I. :-/
I’ve never heard this while in Egypt, or elsewhere in the Arabic-speaking world. The alif as a long vowel is typically not pronounced like “aw” unless it follows an emphatic consonant (ص ,ط, etc.), in which case the pronunciation of the alif should necessarily be altered. There shouldn’t be any sort of nasally inflection at all, certainly not like what you might hear with the ‘aiyn. You may frequently hear a glottal stop with the alif, of course.
But it’s a little hard to understand precisely what you mean without, ideally, hearing a recording of it.