Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn 5 band 7+ idioms to talk about luck.

Luck comes up often on the IELTS exam.

Both Aubrey and Jessica had some bad luck recently.

Aubrey got stuck waiting for a train and missed a volleyball game.

Jessica broke a curtain, was in a fender bender and injured her leg.

  • fender bender: minor car accident

We talked about bad luck on IELTS Energy Episode 825, so check that one out if you missed it!

It’s your lucky day

Speaking Part 1 or Part 2 you could use this sarcastically.

If talking about something bad happening, you could say, “It’s my lucky day!”

Be sure your tone expresses your sarcasm!

You can also use it on the Speaking exam when you get a question you like.

You could say, “It’s my lucky day! I’m very interested in this!”

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Beginner’s Luck

This means you’re having luck at something you’re doing for the first time.

You’ll hear this often regarding sports or games.

When someone does well the first time, someone might say:

  • She just has beginner’s luck!

I’d rather be lucky than good!

You could say this if something lucky happens that has nothing to do with skill.

This also is often heard in relation to sports or games.

If someone is dealt a great hand at cards, they might say this.

Down on your luck

This expression indicates sustained bad luck.

You wouldn’t say you’re down on your luck if just one bad thing happens to you.

If you’re unlucky all week or all year, you could say, “I’m down on my luck.”

On the Speaking exam, you could say:

“I’m not a person that gets down on their luck, because I always maintain a positive attitude.

The devil’s own luck

This idiom indicates extreme good luck.

You wouldn’t use it if something small happens, like finding a dollar on the street.

Instead, use it for something big.

If someone wins the lottery, you could say:

“He has the devil’s own luck!”


The topic of luck comes up often on IELTS!

You may be asked questions in Speaking Parts 1, 2 or 3 that relate to bad or good luck.

For general training students, you may also need to write your letter about an experience that was lucky or unlucky.

Be prepared with today’s high level vocabulary!

In addition, you need to use idioms on the IELTS exam.

The Examiner is looking for these expressions in order to award you a 7 or higher.

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