I have a purely Norwegian name, Kjetil. It is old norse and means "kettle" or "helmet". A couple of times now, aquaintances and new friends have asked me in chat or person how my name is really pronounced properly. Now, one of them found a youtube video for that:
However, sometimes I don't have access to the video. I have yet to find a single word in the English language that makes use of the first sound in my name, K+J. I have tried to find the correct name of the phonetic sound, but it doesn't seem to appear in charts: http://ipa.typeit.org/full/.
CH seems to be the closest I've found. SH is also close, but far too much forward on the tongue. Plus I don't really want to be called Shit-EL, which has happened a lot of times. It sounds like superman's bratty little brother.
So, what is the first sound of my name called, and are there any words in the English language that uses it?
PS: you can call me Cookie if you want.
Edit: This is actually a very important sound in the Norwegian language. It is widely used in everyday words. If you do it wrong, and pronounce it SH, you actually might end up saying rinsing (in water) when you meant chicken.