In their cultural notes in Sing Chinese
, Cindy Mao and Ma Baolin explain that Chinese schools have a very strict discipline. Students who are late for school can be punished in a variety of ways by their teachers. This song tells young children to love school life and study hard. It is intended for pre-school children or primary school students.
What a difference to school life here in Germany! The tune is bright and cheerful and somewhat at odds with the English translation of .. I love to learn and love to work. I'll serve the people when I grow up.
, in the original as sung by Cindy, however, both lyrics and melody are in perfect harmony.