"What was your walk like?"
Translation:Kia estis via promeno?
I'm not sure whether to agree. "What was your walk like?" means the same thing as "How was your walk?". I am very inclined to translate this last sentence with "Kiel estis via promeno?".
Many fluent Esperantists (me included) make the same error and use kiel in all cases, even when an answer with an adjective is expected. If you expect the answer to be something like bona, longa, elĉerpiga, interesa, plena je pluvo, enuiga etc., then you have to use Kia?. Think of kiel like a synonym for kiamaniere (in what manner).
WHICH, as I look at more sentences, seems to have to do with the part of speech. Kia seems to be used to describe nouns, and kiel for... well, everything else. So we have "Kia stultulo vi estas!" [NOUN] and "Kia estis via promeno?" [NOUN], but "Kiel vi fartas?" [VERB] and "Kiel verda estis mia valo." [ADJECTIVE].
In other words, the "answer" to kia is an adjective, and the answer to kiel is an adverb...
This theory is based only on observation, but so far it has held up for me...
I think that in "Kiel verda estis mia valo," "kiel" modifies verda, which would make it an adverb, although the whole thing -- "kiel verda" serves as an adjective?
Oh hey, look here, it does indeed always serve as an adverb: http://donh.best.vwh.net/Esperanto/correlatives.html
Ah Patricia found the pages written by my old teacher from when I lived in California.
God rest Don Harlow, he was a wonderful person and a very skilled Esperantist. I learned more from him than I knew.
Oni povas ankaŭ demandi de iun: Kia estis via tago?
Lacema, longa, elĉerpema, ktp.
I suppose 'kia' requires a description of the walk rather than enquiring whether it was enjoyable.
I've always taken it as a general "what was your walk like/How was…" to which one may answer with whichever set of adjectives one may choose. "It was enjoyable/miserable/beset by children/fraught with butterflies/etc."
What I meant was that it might refer to the act of walking: was he swaggering, tiptoeing, limping...?
Ah, that's more of a "kiel" question. See the longish conversation starting with SariniLynn's question (currently at the top of the page.)
The answer to a question with "kia" will frequently end in -a.
.. bona, longa, laciga...