This これ・この

This and that. Actually Japanese also has one more.  They also have "that over there" - but we will get at that later.

There are 2 words in Japanese that are translated as "this" in English:

これ kore - When "this" is not connected to a noun - hang on you will get it in a minute

これ は 何 です か?
kore wa nan desu ka?
What is this?

これ は ねこ です。
kore wa neko desu.
This is a cat.

To say "This is" or "is this" the kore will probably be followed by a

この kono - When you put "this" before a noun, it changes to kono

この ねこ は ポチ です か?