OK, I'm going to try and remember my new words:
Gohan = Rice
Haizara = Ash Tray
Denwa = Phone
Kore = This
Are = That over there
Sore = In reference to anything
Kore wa nan deska = What is this?
No = of
Kore wa haizara = this is my ashtray
Kore wa Samsung no Denwa = this is my Samsung phone.
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Um, my teacher told us that SORE means THAT.
Kore - this, object close to you
Sore - that, object a little further away
Are - that over there, object furthest away
I think "in reference to anything" for SORE is SORELY mistaken.
One more thing. In the sentence above "Kore wa haizara"....doesn't that mean "this is an ashtray" or "this ashtray"
You didn't put ownership or a personalization on it. Shouldn't it be "watashi no haizara desu" or "its my ashtray". Unless there is more than one ashtray in front of you, then you could "kore wa watashi no haizara desu" or "that is my ashtray"
Yeah, I learned the same thing you did.
But my Japanese flat mate explained things differently...