Yeah, purling in English is easy, it's just that ribbing takes so many extra motions to keep moving the working yarn from front to back and back to front. That's what bugs me about it, and why I want to learn a way that is more streamlined.
So far, the continental is getting easier. The KH video shows using the middle finger to push the working yarn down when purling; I find myself using the index finger of my R hand, but it works, too.
Questions about combined:
Oh wait--I should post this over in the how-to area.
Thank you both the the encouragement! That's one of the best things about a forum.