There are more problems with the Focus than just getting the hang of it. There is no way you should have to learn to "master" a modern car. These aren't Formula 1 cars! I agree, this transmission is something to got used to, but any driver should be able to get in a Focus and drive it from day one without having to "learn". The "shudder' is common in this type of tranmission and is easy to get used to, but grinding, chattering and sloppy shifting is not. I would like someone to "teach" me how to drive my Focus so it doesn't grind, chatter, shift consistantly and responsively.
People come hear to voice their concerns about problems and try to find answers. There are real problems which I hope we will get answers to other than to learn to get the hang of it.