Is the sentence below correct?

I would like you to help me with understanding this.

If it is right, then how is it different from the sentence below?

I would like you to help me understand this.

Thank you for your help very much. Any explanations will be appreciated.

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    The second one sounds more direct and the first one sounds more "polite" and "formal" because it's a little less direct. That is, in the first one, I would feel like the emphasis is on "understanding" while in the second, the emphasis would be on "me." Mar 17, 2017 at 8:28
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    Let me put it this way: Either way, I think you would receive help, but are they exactly the same? No, I wouldn't say so. Mar 17, 2017 at 8:31
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    @TeacherKSHuang Do you mean they are only different in how respectful it sounds? Mar 17, 2017 at 10:15
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    Yes, exactly.........(sorry, just trying to hit the character minimum). Mar 17, 2017 at 11:23
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    Hmmm, personally, I feel like anything could be construed as rude depending on context, tone of voice and, of course, the other person's own perception. What do you think? Had you heard the first one used in a context where you felt like it had been a little rude? Mar 20, 2017 at 7:41

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I am answering my own question. As Teacher KSHuang answered with the comments above, the two have almost the same meaning.

The only difference of the first sentence from the second is that it sounds a little bit more "polite" and "formal", as it states the request in a more indirect way. On the other hand, as for the second sentence, it is in more direct form so that it doesn't sound as "polite" and "formal".

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