as2 is easier than as3. but it would be better to learn as3.
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You can try lynda.com if you are willing to pay for your lessons (a relatively low monthly fee I believe). I have never used it, but have heard good feedback from new users who made use of it.
if you invest the time in AS3 it will probably be pay off the most in the end. AS2 as mentioned earlier is a bit easier to get up and running with and for many years powered many a great flash experience, but its days are numbered.
here is a very solid overview of AS3 in short easy to understand video tutorials.
I would urge you not to rush. take it slow. watch the videos and try to apply each concept to your own project.