Once I thought that 起来 meant "to begin" but could be used only in situations when something is going up or taken up (just as characters say). But it's not true. There are:
On the other hand, I wanted to say "I also started to learn English" and I said "我也学习英语起来", but I got corrected. So it made me realise that 起来 can't be used with all verbs probably. So when can I use it to say "to start"?
(Let's omit 看起来，听起来 because they don't mean "begin to look" or "begin to hear").