This topic is really interesting for me also because I learnt all by myself in small town where were not any good players. When I practiced alone I did shoot first year just vertical axis. When i had confidence that i can cut balls okay I moved using, understanding and learning english.
I am still happy i did that.
Couple years ago my little sister also started playing again after 20 years off from game. She is over 40 too and she did the same. She just played on vertical axis over year too.
I started coaching her 2019 and she made into women national team to eurochamps 2020.
Covid got it cancelled.. That was bummer coz it was gonna be in Finland too.
Last year i have been coaching her position play with English, break and kicking and banking.
Now she got again on team and won 10-ball women Finnish Champs and ranking events too. Dominating last events. Whitewashing people
So i am biased learning first without english and then move to using it when u got strong foundation. Makes learning more straight forward with less mess.