January 11, 2006

beginner’s luck

Posted in Idioms at 10:00 am by Feng

Beginner’s luck – when someone who plays a sport or a game for the first time but wins. [more]

We taught a friend to play the “settlers” — a popular board game in the UK. Surprisingly, he beat all of us in the game. “You must be smart to win the game”, one praised him. He replied “It’s Beginner’s luck“. This expression is the western way to be humble. The Chinese way is often excessive — one would say “no, I didn’t play well”, even though he has won the game.

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