I just wanted to encourage you. I started out learning English last summer, and a couple of weeks ago, I set my mind to learning Continental. I love it for knitting, but HATE it for purling. I've watched all of the videos many times (including the youtube one), but I just cannot keep the yarn from slipping off of my left hand. Plus, I'm making mistakes that I've never made as a newbie.
I've just started my first pair of socks on teeny dpns (Options, to boot...very slippery), and, after doing the ribbing in Continental, I gave in to the urge to go back to English. While my tension is tighter, I am flying. I'm also not losing stitches like before.
So, give it a valiant effort, but don't feel bad if you don't quite get comfortable with it.