I guess I confused the directions when I learned so long ago. I'm right-handed, so instead of throwing with my right-hand, I learned to use my right forefinger to lift the yarn over the needle when knitting, as though I'm picking. The directions were for Continental, but I was so dumb, I couldn't imagine they meant to do it LEFT-HANDED!! Now I've been knitting the REAL continental way for about 3 months, so I can learn to do colorwork two-handed, but I don't thin my guage will ever be as nice and smooth as my "English picking" way. I got a DVD of Elizabeth Zimmerman--THE KNITTING WORKSHOP- and she nearly insists that you learn Continental-or German knitting. Then whenyou do colorwork--you can use both hands. English is the easiest for me when I pick or lift my forefinger, instead opf throw, to put the yarn over the needle--so that's the way I'll do it. I still will knit Conti some, so I don't lose what I've learned so far maybe one day I'll be able to do both equally well.
Good luck in learning it--O hope you can do a better job than i!