I am a crocheter and when I started knitting about a year ago, I was told that it would probably be easier for me to learn knitting using the Continental method. Not so, for me I knit faster, more accurately, and more comfortably using the English method. Every once in a while if I have a number of knit rows or a number of rib stitch rows, I will try the Continental method and it is still very awkward to me. I like the statement that there are many methods and techniques but that as long as I am doing a knit and a purl correctly there is no right or wrong way. The reason I keep trying the Continental way is that I keep hearing it is faster, but for me that is just not the case and I am really close to just keeping with what is comfortable.
However, I did find that reading patterns and understanding the stitches was probably easier for me to pick up because of my crochet background. I think I probably went from knitting scarves to other pieces pretty quickly because of my crochet background.