Yes! I won.
Again! No fair! You have won every game so far. It's just beginner's luck.
You're probably right. This is my first time ever playing this game.
Let's play again. I know I will win this time.
This non-native speaker perfectly used the expression, "beginner's luck."
I will explain this expression, so you know how to use it, too!
"Beginner's luck" is an expression we use when trying to explain the success someone gets soon after they try something new for the first time.
For example, if someone has never played chess before but wins in the first or second games, you might say this is "beginner's luck" since that person hasn't gained any skills or techniques yet.
Most likely, this expression dates back to the early 1900s, but it's not completely clear.
It is originally superstition.
A superstition is a belief that some community and culture has that isn't based on fact.
Often, superstitions are about gaining luck or avoiding bad luck.
It's our way of explaining why someone new to something would do better or win against someone who has more experience.
We say it's a particular type of luck that beginners have!
Another expression about luck is "a stroke/piece of luck."
This is a noun phrase that means something lucky that happens.
For example, "Meeting my childhood friend in the coffee shop was a stroke of luck. We reconnected and planned to meet again soon.
Here, the lucky thing was an event, meeting a childhood friend unexpectedly.
This means I was happy that it happened.
Another great expression about luck is "hit the jackpot."
This is when you are highly successful unexpectedly.
"Jackpot" comes from poker.
It's the money a player can win.
So, we usually use this expression when we talk about money-related things, like winning money, saving money by buying something at a great price, or suddenly earning a lot of money.
For instance, "I hit the jackpot when I bought my house. Its value has increased since I bought it."