Stupid question. In Dutch what is the difference between pronouns like je and jou, me and mij, etc?
There is no such thing as a stupid question. ;-)
- "Me" and "mij" are object pronouns used to identify the object of a sentence. For example: "Ze houdt van me/mij". ==> She loves me.
You can use both, but usually (or at least in my case) I prefer to use "me" because it is shorter than "mij" and it sounds a bit more natural.
However when you want to put emphasis on the subject pronoun, you should use "mij". "Dat is van mij!" ==> That is mine!
- "Je"/"jij" is a subject pronoun. "Jou" on the other hand is an object pronoun.
You can find a little overview + examples on this site: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=Pronouns.ps02
I hope this helps. :-)
Just an addition, 'je' can also be an object pronoun, and a possessive pronoun as well! :)