I think it's a big boost to your confidence to learn all styles of knitting. I prefer to knit eastern or combination, but I can knit continental if I have a lot of decreases and just don't feel like messing with the conversions. I need to learn English for knitting with color. I've watched the videos and it really does seem to make it a tad bit easier.
Knitting to keep my sanity. It's working... kinda...
OTN: Dr Watson's Cable Crew Neck
OTN: Writer's Cardigan