Congratulations on learning a new skill. But I need to point out that neither method is inherently "faster" than another. In fact the worlds fastest knitter (it's on you tube I believe) knits English.
What is important is what you enjoy and feel comfortable with. I knit with both hands when doing stranded work, which is most of the time. But when knitting with a single strand I knit using my right hand, and I don't ever let go of the needle. It has more to do with how you hold the yarn in your fingers than what side it's on.
So the best way to knit is neither English or Continental but it's the method you enjoy.