I'd say that most people in general (at least, those who have tried it and worked with it) will vote for Continental. Once you get the hang of it, it can go really fast. English is somewhat easier to START with. It's what I started with, and it can pretty much garantee that you'll get the yarn where you want it to, but then again, with continental, you scoop the yarn instead of wrap it. Continental takes a little more practice, but I think it's worth it to try to learn it.
It took me a while to get it, but I was also knitting half combined (in other words, I was doing it half twisted, half not. So, the purl stitch was sitting the right way, but the knit stitch was twisted). If you follow the vids, you should get it though. I learned English first, so switching to Continental was awkward, and I blame it on learning the English method first (and my relying on my memory since my mentor passed away) as to what made me knit oddly. I clap for you for trying to learn continental first!
Some people knit continentally and purl English...so whatever floats your boat
I say, eventually learn both just so you know what the big deal is.
I just love continental because there's no extra steps...it's just go through the loop and scoop, drop off. That's all it is
...With English, it's a lasso-ing action, and that would throw my shoulder out even more than it goes (it will create more back tension - rhomboids where most people get their tension) And it could possibly aggravate a wrist problem depending on how you move your hand. I have some Carpal Tunnel Symptoms, so that's another reason why. There's less stress by doing Continental. So, you'll be more comfortable for longer, once you get addicted to it lol.
And that means less massages needed :-p, but then again, who wants less massages?
-massage therapist in training