Second that. It is definitely possible to learn based on the Continental style. It's indeed about the stitch orientation on the needle.
I was thinking about a practical example about decreases and increases... If I knit socks or hats in the round and need to do k2tog or ssk, my stitches are the same as those of a continental knitter. They moslty 'turn' in stockinnette because of the way I purl. So yeah, it will be a bit different with sweaters and I would probably just turn those few stitches 'to look continental' too to avoid any guesswork.
Hope it helps.
ETA: after a while as you get more practice it won't be an issue and you will as easily understand instuctions for English style knitters.