My father always said he was Polish and proud of it. As I grew older, I learned he was 1/4 Polish. Well, that smallish bit of Polish heritage is coming in handy. As I have struggled learning to Continental Purl, I found the method that just seems to work for me: the Eastern European Method. There are at least 4 different ways to Purl Continenental:
Thumb, which was my second choice
The Norwegian Purl
and Eastern European. I watched this video over and over until the wee hours of the morning and have conquered! I'm not fast, but I am determined.