Gildan is a Ranger, so he has the Animal Speech widget. However, he has never learned to speak any animal "language", except maybe horse. Are the widgets representing an actual universal animal language (in which case Gil would not understand Animal Speech), or do they represent that those who spend time observing animals closely will come to understand what their normal body language and vocalizations mean (in which case he might well understand). If the latter, I could see Gil understanding something like "I'm hungry", or "Follow me", or "I'm nervous because there are so many people here", or even "I don't like that hat he's wearing", but not "Yellow is my favorite color" or "Do you think Spring will ever come?" Should people who use the Animal Speech widget try to limit themselves to things animals might reasonably say? Thanks!
That sounds reasonable to me. Considering the Int stats of most animals, I don't think having "Narnia" type talking animals is very likely. There will be animals that stand out (like the spawn of Fenrir). If their vocal structures can not produce human sounding speach, then I'd imagine the "animal" language would be useful for a slightly higher level of communication with them. Still, I don't think anyone expects "Dr Doolitle".
Just my two cents.