Ben: So Donna, when do you actually move to London? Have you got a date yet?
Donna: The fifteenth of next month. That means I'll have four days to settle in before I start work.
Ben: But your company's already found you a flat, haven't they?
Donna: Yes. My accommodation's already sorted. It's a half-hour Tube journey to the office, so that's good. It's near a park too, so I'll be able to go jogging in nice surroundings - a bit different from the street jogging I do here!
Ben:I'm very excited for you. It's the chance of a lifetime. I wish my company had offices abroad. I would go like a shot if I was offered the chance to work in America or the UK.
Donna: Would you really? Well, I must admit I’m getting cold feet.
Ben: What about? You got a job lined up and your accommodation is sorted. What are you worried about?
Donna: The whole thing. Whether I’m doing the right thing or not. I’ve signed a document saying I will stay at least a year. What happens if I can’t settle? You know I’ve never even been abroad before. This will be my first trip out of Hong Kong.
Ben: You’ve nothing to be nervous about. It’s going to be brilliant, you’ll have a great time. It's natural to be a bit nervous, but you'll be fine. Just don't forget your friends back home when you get there. Tell us about everything you get up to.
Maggie: Hi, Ben. I haven’t seen you for ages. What have you been up to?
Ben: Nothing much. It’s you who has been doing exciting stuff. When are you moving into your own flat? You said everything was almost sorted out the last time I saw you.
Maggie: I haven't got a date yet, but everything's coming along okay.
Ben:You must be looking forward to moving.
Maggie: I suppose so.
Ben: Suppose so?
Maggie: I’ve been getting cold feet these past few weeks. It’s a big deal. My mother has been going on about how my having a place of my own is a waste of money. She hasn't exactly said this but I feel she doesn’t want me to move out.
Ben: Of course she doesn’t. She’s afraid of feeling lonely. How many years is it since your dad died?
Maggie: Five years. I was only 19.
Ben: She will be scared of being on her own. But she shouldn't make you feel bad about getting your own place.
Maggie: She just keeps going on about the expense of it all. I went looking for furniture last weekend and she didn't speak to me for two days. She was in such a bad mood.
Ben: Don’t get cold feet. You are definitely doing the right thing. You have a good job with an excellent salary and you should get on the property ladder - it isn't as if you were moving to Europe or something. You’re only going to the next building. Don’t worry, she’ll come around.