How to Say Weak and Strong in German

by Expath Language School

You can‘t learn one without the other — weak vs strong.


The main German word for “weak”, in the sense of lacking physical strength or energy, is schwach. Its opposite, “strong”, is stark in German. The corresponding nouns “weakness” and “strength” are Schwäche and Stärke, respectively.

Note that “strong” and “strength” can also be translated as kräftig and Kraft in the sense of “powerful” and “power” (or “force”), respectively.

Relatedly, “weak point” is Schwachstelle and “weak willed” is willensschwach.

Lastly, note that the noun Stärke can also refer to “starch”.


Ich fühle mich so schwach. Ich muss etwas essen. I feel so weak. I have to eat something.

Der Typ ist echt stark. That guy is really strong.

Ich habe eine Schwäche für Schokolade. I have a weakness for chocolate.

Ihre Stärke ist Mathe. Math(s) is her strength.

Der Geist ist willig aber das Fleisch ist schwach. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Das ist ein kräftiges Argument. That’s a strong/powerful argument.

Er ist die treibende Kraft im Büro. He’s the driving force in the office.

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