No matter what you hear - one style is NOT better than the other. It's personal preference all the way. All the stitches can be done either way.
It also doesn't matter if you're a crocheter first..I was, but I knit english mostly because it felt more comfortable for me to knit that way.
Now...it IS helpful to know both ways for things like stranded (fair isle) knitting, but to learn try both and see what works for you. It's more important that you feel comfortable so you'll continue to practice.